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Hilliard MacBeth

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Author of "When the Bubble Bursts: Surviving the Canadian Real Estate Crash"

January 22nd, 2021 | President Biden Goes Green

Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - President Joe Biden plans a serious push into clean energy, with significant acceleration in the adoption of renewable energy in the U.S. The stock market anticipated a Biden win in November 2020, with shares of most companies in the clean energy sector surging far ahead of the broad market. Will President Biden satisfy expectations for […]

Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - A $12.5 million investment in clean energy earned an “accidental” profit of $200 million from a blank-check company. Here is how that works. Blank-check companies — SPACs or Special Purpose Acquisition Companies — are proliferating, a strong signal that this market has gone wild. Blank-check vehicles are shell companies used to take a private company […]

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January 8th, 2021 | Grantham Predicts a Crash

Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - Investment guru Jeremy Grantham, founder of a major investment firm based in Boston, delivered a warning this week. He says that the U.S. market is in the late stages of a major bubble. He predicts losses in the stock market comparable to the post-2000 period when the tech-heavy NASDAQ index declined 82 percent over two […]

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Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - While 2020 has been a very difficult year for all of us, I have learned that taking the time to make a gratitude list is always helpful. Many years ago, I was complaining about things that I felt were not going my way and an older and wiser person said to me, “What are you […]

Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - Canada’s new clean energy plan was unveiled on December 11, 2020. The Hydrogen Strategy for Canada came out this week. Every region of Canada has the potential to produce hydrogen, from several different sources. Will hydrogen play a key role in saving Canada’s energy industry? The Hydrogen Strategy is part of the Trudeau government’s bold […]

December 15th, 2020 | Risky Times for Stock Investors

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Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - Canada risks falling behind in the race to build electric vehicles. Decades of reliance on the Big Three U.S. automakers means that Canada may not have any significant electric vehicle manufacturing capacity when most new vehicles will be electric powered. Is it time for an all-Canadian electric auto? A report from Clean Energy Canada, of […]

Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - The popular stock-trading application for new investors, Robinhood Markets Inc, was valued at about $11 billion in August. Launched in 2013, the app allows investors to trade stocks in small amounts for zero commission. Robinhood has captured substantial market share in the online stock trading business, going up against giants like TD Ameritrade and E*Trade. […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - First time home buyer program, condos, construction cranes

November 27th, 2020 | Shopping Malls Put To The Test

Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - The demise of the shopping mall has been a topic of interest for years, but the COVID-19 recession is accelerating those changes. The move to online shopping was well underway before February 2020 but, now that many people are afraid to go outside, online could be the preferred option. This holiday season will be a […]

November 20th, 2020 | Tesla Joins The S&P 500

Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - Tesla Inc. will join the S&P 500 index as of December 21. At more than $500 billion in value, Tesla will be one of the most valuable in the index, giving the maker of electric vehicles a ranking in the top ten by size. Since there are many index funds and fund managers that track […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - S&P 500, Home Renovations

Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - Higher inflation now would be a genuine surprise to markets. Equities and bonds are priced as if low interest rates, even negative ones, will last for years. But recent data show that inflation might not be dead after all. Could inflation rise? What would happen to markets? In the early years of my career inflation […]

Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - A “clean sweep” on November 4 for Joe Biden and the Democrats looks increasingly possible. To get a “clean sweep” Biden would win and voters would give Democrats a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. What would happen to stock markets? Jimmy Carter won a clean sweep in 1976, after the […]

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Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - A “clean sweep” on November 4 for Joe Biden and the Democrats looks increasingly possible. To get a “clean sweep” Biden would win and voters would give Democrats a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. What would happen to stock markets? Jimmy Carter won a clean sweep in 1976, after the […]

Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - This week Tesla’s latest earnings report revealed impressive results. The profit trend continues to improve, with growing auto production, cash flow and net income. Do Tesla shares make a good investment today? Tesla’s fifth consecutive profitable quarter solidifies a trend that has impressed even the most skeptical analysts. Production from the new China factory showed […]

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October 16th, 2020 | The Second Wave of COVID-19

Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - Six months after the COVID-19 pandemic started, reports abound of significant increases in cases in some countries. The United Kingdom, for example, shows new daily cases higher than any previous peak. How big is this second wave? How will it affect the economy? As recently as mid-September pundits were forecasting a recovery in the economy […]

October 10th, 2020 | Clean Energy Wins The Race

Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - Clean energy investing outperformed stock market averages worldwide over the past year. The investment crowd is piling into investments related to renewable energy. Will the clean energy sector continue to outperform? The performance of clean energy companies like Tesla, Vestas and Enphase has been spectacular this year. Funds that specialize in renewable and clean energy […]

October 2nd, 2020 | The Recession Becomes Real

Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - The Canadian government, the biggest spender of the G7 countries, rushed legislation through Parliament this week that extends an income support program to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This new subsidy under Employment Insurance (EI) replaces the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). About 4 million people, or 20 percent of the workforce, were receiving […]

Hilliard's Weekend Notebook - The optimism about the Canadian economy that appeared in late spring and continued into the summer was created in part by generous government income support and payment deferrals. Now that complacency will be tested as the mortgage deferral cliff, the biggest of payment deferrals, will arrive in October. And income support programs are also expiring […]

September 23rd, 2020 | Throne Speech and Battery Day

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