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Do ETFs warrant their own trading tools separate from equities?

Trading volume for exchange-traded funds is rising. And as such, more ETF trades are flowing through trading desks. For ETFs with underlying securities that have…

  • By: Staff
  • February 4, 2020 December 13, 2020
  • 07:35

Are health-care investments recession-proof?

In both good and bad economic times, people will inevitably get sick and require health care. So when markets are down, health care may be…


How a coronavirus epidemic in China could ripple through the global economy

An international outbreak of respiratory illness sparked by a novel coronavirus has spread from its origins in central China to at least 11 countries, with…

Easing trade tensions bode well for emerging market stocks

Several factors are pointing to a possible rebound in emerging market stocks this year. Stocks in China and other developing economies notched solid gains in…

Finding opportunity in hidden bear markets

Global shares, represented by the MSCI world index, ended 2019 at an all-time high. Their robust 9.5 per cent per annum return during the 2010s…


The changing nature of the U.S. listed market

A topic that has received a lot of attention recently in many markets, especially the United States, is the fall in the number of listed…

U.S.-Iran tensions roil world markets as gold hits seven-year high

Global stock markets took another hit Monday while oil and gold prices surged in response to the escalating tensions in the Middle East following the…


Shareholder environmental activism showing results without compromising returns: study

Shareholder environmental activism has been growing in popularity with institutional investors, but is it working? The New York City pension system implemented a boardroom accountability…

  • By: Staff
  • January 3, 2020 December 13, 2020
  • 08:18

After ebullient 2019, Wall Street warns of slower road ahead

After a year of nirvana, investors may need to get ready for something a little more normal. Markets are coming off a fabulous 2019, where…

  • January 2, 2020 December 13, 2020
  • 09:08

The WeWork Saga: What can institutional investors learn?

The WeWork saga has been ever-present in financial headlines in recent months. The brief version of the story can be summarized in a few steps:…


Is value investing dead? And what does this have to do with low or negative interest rates?

Two questions seem to occupy pundits and popular media these days. One is why interest rates are negative and what this means. The other is…


Connecticut treasurer overseeing $37b in public pension funds aims to divest gun stock

Connecticut state Treasurer Shawn Wooden, who oversees $37 billion in public pension funds, will announce Tuesday plans to reallocate $30 million worth of shares in…


Digging into equities in developed Asia and the Pacific

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s economic policies, known as ‘Abenomics,’ have led to big improvements in corporate governance in the country, says Iain Campbell, a…

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • November 14, 2019 December 13, 2020
  • 10:27

Are liquid alternative ETFs the next frontier for institutional investors?

New research from Greenwich Associates has found that institutional players have allocated US$47 billion to liquid alternative exchange traded funds, comprising a fair chunk of…

  • By: Staff
  • November 7, 2019 December 13, 2020
  • 09:58

Capturing the equity price action caused by index rebalancing

Passive investing is immensely popular, with assets in passive funds having cleared US$13 trillion, globally. But can active investors take advantage of the new landscape…


The role of dividend strategies in equity investing

Investors seeking regular income are limited because traditional sources aren’t producing the results they used, says Dave Makarchuk, partner and Western Canada wealth business leader…

Capturing lithium’s investment return potential as the electric car gains ground

Rising with the growth of smartphones, lithium has been a hot material in the investment world for a few years. And many in the institutional…


Markets waiting for clarity on macro uncertainty

While there are signals that the global economy is slowing down, it doesn’t appear to be quite at recession levels. “That has major investment implications,”…

  • By: Staff
  • July 25, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 09:01

How to gain EM exposure through developed market stocks

Direct exposure to emerging market equities may not be the best way to capture the growth potential of those economies. Instead, investors looking for the…

  • By: Staff
  • July 12, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 09:16

A look at a Canadian momentum strategy

With no actively managed pure Canadian momentum strategies available in Canada according to research by Hillsdale Investment Management Inc., it decided to fill the market…


Populism, politics and tech continue to disrupt markets

Looking back at the first half of 2019, bond and equity markets seem to be telling opposing stories, according to T.Rowe Price’s mid-year market outlook.…

  • By: Staff
  • July 2, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 07:48

Market value of trusteed pension assets declined in Q4 2018: StatsCan

The market value of Canadian trusteed pension fund assets decreased by 1.3 per cent in Q4 2018 compared to the previous quarter, landing at $1.87…

  • By: Staff
  • June 7, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 08:30

What’s dominating CIO conversations with asset owners?

With a challenging backdrop to the current investment landscape, certain topics are continually resurfacing when chief investment officers speak with asset owners. The conversation is dominated…

  • By: Staff
  • June 4, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 09:00
Are tensions between China and the U.S at trade war level yet?

Are tensions between China and the U.S at trade war level yet?

Last spring, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that trade wars are easy to win. Last Friday, however, he tweeted the U.S. and China have really…