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Portfolio Manager and President of Venable Park Investment Counsel ( 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: Radio - China’s Real Estate crisis could easily spread here

Juggling Dynamite - The average home price in Canada ($757k) is about 141% higher than what is considered affordable for the average household income. In the highest-population areas, like the Greater Vancouver and Toronto Areas, where incomes and home prices are higher than the national average, the affordability numbers are much worse. Price-to-income ratios in the mid-west and […]

Juggling Dynamite - The International Monetary Fund warned this month that the downdraft in China’s real estate sector has contagion implications globally: In the near term, the sharp adjustment in China’s heavily indebted property sector and the resulting slowdown in economic activity will likely spill over to the region, particularly to commodity exporters with close trade links to China. Beyond […]

Juggling Dynamite -   The average time from a yield curve inversion (long-interest rates below short) to the onset of recession has been ten months historically, ranging from 11 to 22 months. October marks the eighteenth month of curve inversion this cycle. Moreover, since June, the yield spread has been flattening out. As we start this trading week, […]

Juggling Dynamite - In the past few months, short-term treasury yields have risen more than long-term such that the yield curve, which has been inverted since April 2021, is now un-inverting. This move typically signals the near-term onset of recession and the worst stock market losses. The chart below from my partner Cory Venable shows the move in […]

October 27th, 2023 | Canadian Recession is Here

Juggling Dynamite - David Rosenberg, founder & president of Rosenberg Research and Ed Devlin, founder of Devlin Capital, senior fellow at C.D. Howe Institute and former head of Canadian portfolio management at PIMCO, join BNN Bloomberg to discuss their economic outlook. They say that even as many believe a soft landing is still accomplishable, there are some metrics […]

October 26th, 2023 | Luxury Losing Its Luster

Juggling Dynamite - What about wealthy people not being hurt by higher debt payments? Nonsense, as usual! As financial markets tumble, luxury spending follows. The slowdown is ubiquitous, folks. CNBC’s Robert Frank reports on spending pull backs from the luxury consumer and what it could be signaling for the economy at large. Here is a direct video link. Bank […]

October 25th, 2023 | A Case of Overkill

Juggling Dynamite - It is not just rapid hikes in the overnight rate (525 basis points in 18 months by the US Fed and 475 basis points in Canada), which are contracting credit and slowing spending through the real economy. The drop in equity and bond prices, along with the jump in fossil fuel costs and the US […]

Juggling Dynamite - The Saudis see where the puck is going. Does Canada? Tony Seba updates on Phase Change Disruptions of Energy, Transportation, Food & Implications for Humanity. Here is a direct audio link.

Juggling Dynamite - Pops and financial wipeouts are the historical norm when a billowing housing bubble meets dramatically higher interest rates. On the upside, the pendulum is finally moving in favour of renters and future buyers. Buying housing has rarely been this unattractive relative to renting. The chart below shows that the average new US mortgage payment is […]

Juggling Dynamite -   Unlike bonds, equities offer no return of principal dates nor contractually prescribed income payments. Contrary to the investment sales hype bombarding us daily, dividend-paying equities are not capital ‘defensive.’ Defensive for whom, we should ask. From present valuation levels, equities are priced to underperform government bonds by 6.5% annualized over the next ten years […]

October 19th, 2023 | Liquidation Mode

Juggling Dynamite -   Welcome asset price deflation: motivated sellers are listing everything, everywhere, all at once. And this is with unemployment just starting to rise. Wait for it… Radio - Rich selling off assets

Juggling Dynamite - All the talk about needing to deflate the cost of housing is finally getting serious. This week, B.C.’s NDP government tabled the Short-Term Rental Accommodations Act that, if passed, will ban most short-term rentals that aren’t within an operator’s principal residence. Effective May 1, the new restriction would apply in municipalities with a population of […]

Juggling Dynamite - Leverage on leverage on leverage, who would have thought? John Fincham, broker at Re/Max Parry Sound Muskoka Realty, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss the Ontario cottage market. He says that many cottage owners who bought during the pandemic are now struggling to unload those properties. And as interest rates drive down prices he says cottages […]

October 16th, 2023 | Small Caps Leading Lower

Juggling Dynamite - The economically-sensitive Russell 2000 stock index (RUT) has given back all of its early 2023 rebound and is now negative year to date, -29% from its cycle peak in October 2021 and just 1% higher than where it was in August 2018. The more concentrated US small-cap 600 index (SML in green below since April […]

October 13th, 2023 | Resisting Financial Sentinels

Juggling Dynamite - Investment banks are having a rough year. Sharply higher interest rates are taking a toll. Falling asset prices since 2021 have reduced fees tied to assets under management just as bad debts are rising. Underwriting fees are not helping: year-to-date investment banks have sold 22% fewer Initial public offerings (IPOs) to the public than in 2022, and […]

Juggling Dynamite - More and more people are starting to understand that homes can be very expensive consumption items and ways to make them more efficient/lower per capita living costs are savvy. Secondary dwellings in primary residences are one way to do this. Whether to share shelter costs with friends, extended family, or caregivers or to generate rental […]

Juggling Dynamite - Home listings and price reductions are popping up like measles. You can see this by signing into Zillow (or many other sites). Meanwhile, offers are increasingly scarce, and a quick look at any mortgage calculator shows why. When Canadian variable rate mortgages were available at 1.65% from 2020 to early 2022, one was enabled to buy a $750,000 property […]

Juggling Dynamite - A decade of levered fiscal and monetary incentives has enabled yet another epic capital misallocation cycle.  Now, we are in the takeback period once more. Heads up. Housing-led economic downturns have historically been the most severe, and the price of homes (US in purple below since 1996) enters this downcycle more elevated relative to income […]

Juggling Dynamite - Cooling Wage Growth Easing Inflation Worries — DiMartino Booth Joins Charles Payne of FBN. Here is a direct video link.

Juggling Dynamite - Today, we have news that the Canadian and US economies are estimated to have created more jobs in September than forecast. Still, hourly earnings moved down, and unemployment rates in both countries have moved above cycle lows. It is helpful to remember that unemployment is a lagging indicator, with the bulk of upward moves happening […]

Juggling Dynamite - Bond analyst Alf Pecatiello warns that over the last 3 months, US bond markets have been in an aggressive and prolonged period of bear steepening of the yield curve. History shows if left unchecked, this steepening is likely to cause serious damage to equity markets and the economy. Here is a direct video link.  As shown […]

Juggling Dynamite - In its 2023 Financial System Review, The Bank of Canada notes growing concern about the ability of households to service their debt, with mortgage holders facing payment increases of up to 40%. Compounding the issue is the fact house prices are falling and reducing the amount of equity owners have: Higher interest rates have also contributed to […]

Juggling Dynamite - Danielle was a guest with Almer Kim and Dennis Mitchell on CBC’s Weekend Business Panel. You can view a video clip of the segment here. 
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