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November 16, 2018 | Global Slowdown Hitting Vulnerable Canadian Economy

Danielle Park

Portfolio Manager and President of Venable Park Investment Counsel (www.venablepark.com) Ms Park is a financial analyst, attorney, finance author and regular guest on North American media. She is also the author of the best-selling myth-busting book "Juggling Dynamite: An insider's wisdom on money management, markets and wealth that lasts," and a popular daily financial blog: www.jugglingdynamite.com

As Canadian crude fathoms a record low this week (chart below), we have news today that Canadian home sales fell further in October.

 

Heavily indebted and unprepared, the global downturn is coming at a particularly vulnerable time for Canada.  Even worse, what savings and pensions households do own have been funnelled into over-valued corporate securities and funds that are also falling in value.  This is a very destructive way to manage a business cycle.

The segment below covers many of the factors working against Canada today but also makes the classic error of blaming Trump (rather than self-destructive behaviours and policies adopted in Canada), as well as suggesting Canadian banks may somehow be protected from downside as global markets drop.

Canadian financial shares lost 50% in the last two bear markets, and they are more risk-exposed today than either of those cycles.  Beware the usual false narratives from mainstream commentators, defensive they are not.  Here is a direct video link.

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November 16th, 2018

Posted In: Juggling Dynamite

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