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2007 Q1 Newsletter
March 31, 2007
Spring has rolled in and with it the end of the first quarter (Q1) of 2007. Just as the weather proved volatile with a delayed start to winter, equity and commodity markets proved volatile as well. Plenty of days in the first quarter registered gains...
2006 Q4 Newsletter
December 31, 2006
In reviewing investments in 2006, I am reminded of the Clint Eastwood film, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The “Good” came from metal producers such as Hudbay (the top performer on the TSX) and Teck Cominco as well as, from our financial sector weig...
2006 Q3 Newsletter
September 30, 2006
As noted in our last newsletter signs of a slowing American economy are beginning to be evident. Economic and employment growth have slowed. Of particular importance is the end of the steady increase in the Federal Reserve key interest rate from just...
2006 Q2 Newsletter
September 30, 2006
The second quarter of 2006 reduced much of the gains from the first quarter of this year. The TSX composite dropped by 4.1%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose in the second quarter of 2006 by 0.4% showing the US economy is struggling with interes...
2006 Q1 Newsletter
January 31, 2006
Spring has rolled in and with it has been an excellent performance for the major Canadian indexes. The first quarter of 2006 saw a gain on the TSX Composite Index of 7.4%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose in the first quarter of 2006 by 3.7% sho...
2005 Q4 Newsletter
December 31, 2005
Happy New Year! 2005 was a solid year for the Canadian economy and our capital markets. On the U.S. side, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose in the fourth quarter of 2005 by 1.4% which did not redeem a disappointing annual performance of -0.6%. Th...
2005 Q3 Newsletter
September 30, 2005
The past three months have borne witness to remarkable tragedy. The destruction in New Orleans and the southern U.S. states has been massive, and so will be the rebuilding efforts in the coming months. Equity markets in the United States rose in the ...
2005 Q2 Newsletter
June 30, 2005
Equity markets in the United States declined in the second quarter of 2005. The Dow Jones declined by 2.18%, the Standard and Poors 500 rose by 0.91%, and the NASDAQ rose by 2.90%. Downward pressure came from rising oil prices and rising interest rat...
2005 Q1 Newsletter
March 31, 2005
Equity markets in the United States declined in the first quarter of 2005. The Dow Jones declined by 2.59%, the Standard and Poors 500 by 2.59%, and the NASDAQ by 8.10%. Downward pressure came from rising oil prices and rising interest rates that lea...
2004 Q4 Newsletter
December 31, 2004
Canadian markets added to their gains in the 4th quarter. U.S. markets also gained ground. The continuing decline in the U.S. dollar neutralized any market gains viewed in Canadian dollars. Lawrence Decter Investment Counsel (LDIC) had overall gains ...