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Analysis and trends in today's financial markets

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The latest news, analysis and trends in the local and global markets, and what it could mean for your financial future.

Why diversified investors are quietly benefitting from AI

Learn more about artificial intelligence across sectors, and your exposure to AI as an investor.

Timing the market is tricky, but investing doesn’t need to be

Market dips and rallies in 2023 reinforced that investors are more likely to be successful when they stay invested.

Thinking about investing in AI? Get to know the basics first

Whether you’re just curious about artificial intelligence or researching stocks, start with this primer on AI.

When to get back into the market

Persuasive negative market narratives can make it tempting to switch to low-risk cash products. Find out how to get back in when markets recover.

Is everyone making money without me?

If it feels like your investments are stuck, you’re not alone. Here’s how to position your portfolio for opportunity.

What the Alberta Wildfires mean for investors

Alberta’s 2023 forest fires have far-reaching impacts from those being evacuated to those with investments in oil and gas operations.

SVB failure highlights importance of portfolio diversification

We explore the reasons behind the Silicon Valley Bank collapse and explain how portfolio diversification helps protect investors from unexpected market events.

Portfolio considerations as global powers posture on technology

In the third article in our Focus on China series, we take a closer look at the global technology race and how the industry impacts your portfolio. 

Recession ahead? Why it may be mild and manageable

Experts predict a recession in 2023, but that doesn’t mean financial hardship for all investors. Find out why a recession is expected, and the case for why it may be a mild one.

Markets, investing and what matters most: Quarter in review Q4, 2022

The Private Investment Counsel team recaps market performance in 2022, and offers insights on what might lie ahead for 2023. 

Investing in a bear market is hard but worth your while

In volatile times, human nature can get in the way of good investing decisions, but staying invested during a bear market has proven to reward those who are patient. 

A timeline of events in China and their market impacts

In the second article in our Focus on China series, we look at the timeline of recent major events in China that have impacted markets and investors around the world.

China, its economy, and how it impacts your investment portfolio

In the first of our series on China and markets, find out how the country’s rise as a global economic power impacts your investments.

Markets, investing and what matters most: Quarter in review Q3, 2022

In this update from our Private Counsel team, we explore the factors influencing fixed income & equity markets, explore bond prices, and highlight the big stories of Q3 2022.

Markets, investing and what matters most: Quarter in review Q2, 2022

In the latest update from our Private Counsel team, we explore the key factors influencing Canadian and global markets in Q2 2022, and how investors can protect themselves.

Time in the market versus timing the market

During periods of volatility, patience is the safest bet when it comes to your investments. Bear markets are a normal event, and could result in opportunities for investors.

It’s bear season for markets - is a recession next?

In 2022, we’ve seen soaring inflation, rising interest rates, and a bear market. Is a recession inevitable? We explain what a recession is,  and why it’s a normal economic event.

Making sense of market volatility—the good news and bad

The persistence of market volatility has investors wondering how long it will last and what to do about it, but there are some silver linings too. 

Markets, investing and what matters most: Quarter in review Q1, 2022

In our review of the first quarter, we look at how the Russia-Ukraine conflict and rising interest rates caused global economic uncertainty and a big shift in markets.

Successful investing is never a straight line

Volatility is inevitable when it comes to your investments. We explain why patience is rewarded, and that there’s opportunity to be found in turbulent times.

Rising commodity prices and their impacts

From oil to wheat, commodity prices are soaring because of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. We explain the impact to consumers and investors.

Economic sanctions and investing

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine escalates, the list of sanctions imposed on Russia increases. Learn more about sanctions and what they mean for the economy and investors.

Market volatility, emotions and your investments

When markets fluctuate, and emotions run high, find out why being patient is often the smartest course of action.

Markets, investing and what matters most: Quarter in review Q4, 2021

COVID-19 variants, vaccines, inflation and volatility continued to dominate headlines in the last quarter of 2021. Here we recap Q4 and look ahead to new opportunities in 2022.

Markets, investing and what matters most: Quarter in review Q3, 2021

In our latest quarterly review, we explore the key factors influencing Canadian and global markets, the “September effect” and the big stories of Q3 2021.

Digital Assets, Web 3.0 and NFTs

What are Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and other types of digital assets? How Web 3.0 could incorporate blockchain technology.

Markets, investing and what matters most: Quarter in review Q2, 2021

The market declines of February and March 2020 seem a distant memory and have given way to a market that is benign in comparison. Let’s take a closer look.

Life after the vaccine: stock market recap and looking ahead to reopening

A look back at the primary drivers of stock market performance over the past year and how future performance may look given economic reopening and the potential for inflation.

Life after the vaccine: bond market recap and expectations upon reopening

Looking at how bond markets have reacted, and how they will continue to react, is probably the easiest way for us to relate to high-level economic predictions.

Inflation, transitory or cause for concern?

Inflation is a hot topic these days. While some concerns are legitimate, how things play out over the next few years remains to be seen.

Life after the vaccine: stimulus, savings, and spending

Potential reopening of the economy this year could open the floodgates for consumer spending. What will that mean for things like inflation & interest rates?

Life after the vaccine: economic resiliency

While it is difficult to forecast exactly what the future may look like, we can get some direction by looking at the economy following the Flu of 1918.

Markets, investing and what matters most: Quarter in review Q1, 2021

Get a holistic view on market updates and investment insights by Roger Lydiatt, CFA for ATB Private Investment Counsel, covering the latest quarter.

Understanding cryptocurrencies

What is blockchain, cryptocurrencies, how to buy them and what are the risks with investing in Bitcoin versus gold.

The Keystone XL Pipeline and your investments

Understanding how the recent US decision around the Keystone XL Pipeline may affect your investment portfolio and what you can do to help manage your risk.

The stock market is not the economy, and other lessons from 2020

Quarter in Review, Q4 2020

What tiny bubbles teach about investing through tough times

Written by Alexander Jones, CFA, for Private Investment Counsel. A year of uncertainties where a consistent approach is the best strategy to achieve your goals.

The US election and your investments

Should investors react to major market events such as the recent US election when making investment decisions?

Markets, investing and what matters most: Quarter in review - Q3, 2020

Government stimulus has helped global economies and capital markets to rebound in Q3 2020, while risks such as the progression of COVID-19 and the US election persist into Q4.

What you should know about US tech sector investment in 2020

What could be driving technology sector volatility in the S&P 500, and why should you diversify your investments across major market sectors over a long time horizon.

The pandemic, six months onward

Successful investing is driven by planning, discipline and patience. Four key tactics have helped us to weather the storm throughout 2020.

The impact of government debt and inflation on investors

How does the government borrow, what is the impact of higher government debt and inflation on investors? Investment solutions for low interest rate environments.

A tale of two quarters

In the first two quarters of 2020, investors witnessed both a sharp decline and a significant recovery. Here are a few important takeaways. 

The stock market and the economy

A review of what's happening in the energy sector and why the stock markets seem to be shrugging off those unsettling headlines and continuing to drive gains.

Why are we seeing negative crude oil prices?

What caused the negative crude oil prices and what it means for investors.

Common questions from investors during market turmoil

With market volatility high right now, here are a few questions investors may be asking.

Does market timing work?

Our best investing advice—because no one can perfectly time the markets.

The yield curve has inverted!

Inverted yield curves can predict recessions. Should you get out of the market? What does an inverted yield curve mean? Don’t panic.

Investing through geopolitical uncertainty

Despite the headlines of 24 hour news stations, economists and analysts, remaining calm and sticking to your plan is what will help you achieve investing success. 

How will the Trans Mountain Pipeline decision affect my investments?

We wanted to address those concerns and explain what the decision could mean for your investments.

The legalization of cannabis and your investments

Several cannabis companies experienced significant price gains through 2017, so much so that the industry was starting to look like a stock bubble.

Portfolio Manager - Market update - February 2018

When you look at market fluctuations in context, it’s easier to stay on track with your goals.

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Over the past year, there has been some uncertainty caused by the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. You can now lay some of those fears to rest.

Is it time to change your Canadian Equity Weighting?

Diversifying your investments is crucial to accommodate for the uncertainty of investing in geographic or economic sectors.

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