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Brendan Erne, CFA

Weekly Market Digest: What Will the Next Decade Bring?

Weekly Market Digest: What Will the Next Decade Bring?

We kicked off the first full work week of 2020 with plenty of geo-political controversy. Tensions flared after the U.S. killed Iranian General Soleimani in a drone strike, leading Iran to retaliate with a missile attack on two U.S. bases in Iraq. This fueled...
How Do ESG Ratings Agencies Work – And Why Should You Care?

How Do ESG Ratings Agencies Work – And Why Should You Care?

If you are a socially-conscious investor, you may wonder who determines which companies are deemed “socially responsible” and what criteria is used. After all, one person’s view of social responsibility often differs radically from another person’s view....
Weekly Market Digest: UK Elections, Fed Meetings, and Trade

Weekly Market Digest: UK Elections, Fed Meetings, and Trade

It was a newsworthy week with meetings from both the Fed and the ECB, a general election in the UK, the world’s largest IPO in history, and a preliminary trade deal struck between the U.S. and China. Ultimately, the progress on trade was enough to send...
Weekly Market Digest: The Trade War Takes Center Stage

Weekly Market Digest: The Trade War Takes Center Stage

This week, U.S. equities moved higher, quietly hitting all-time highs on hope that a “phase 1” trade deal with China could be nearing completion. But the week was filled with twists and turns, and on Friday President Trump even commented that the U.S. hasn’t...
Why is the Fed Cutting Rates?

Why is the Fed Cutting Rates?

Today, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates by 0.25%. The rate cut was anticipated by many due to sluggish economic growth abroad and softening economic growth at home. It’s important to note though, that there are still areas of strength in the economy,...
Weekly Market Digest: How’s the Economy Doing Heading into Q4?

Weekly Market Digest: How’s the Economy Doing Heading into Q4?

U.S. equities started the week strong, posting gains on Monday and officially ending the third quarter on a positive note. However, the momentum quickly soured following disappointing data on manufacturing and private payrolls. This left equities in the red,...
Weekly Market Digest: Trump Delays China Tariffs

Weekly Market Digest: Trump Delays China Tariffs

Signs of deescalating trade tensions coupled with accommodative monetary policy gave investors hope that economic growth will resume and this bull market will march higher. Ten year US treasury yields jumped, with investors abandoning the safety of bonds and...
Weekly Market Digest: The Fed Cuts Rates by 0.25%

Weekly Market Digest: The Fed Cuts Rates by 0.25%

This week, the U.S. Fed and the trade war each took turns knocking global stocks down from recent highs. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates by 0.25%, but Chairman Jerome Powell indicated additional rate cuts were far from certain, leaving...
A Financial Checklist for New Parents

A Financial Checklist for New Parents

A Financial Checklist for New Parents If you’re expecting the arrival of your first child soon, chances are you’ve got a to-do list that’s a mile long. It probably includes everything from getting the new baby’s room ready and sending out announcement cards...