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Economic Outlook February 2018

After years of solid job creation, the labour market has tightened as evidenced by a U.S. jobless rate of just 4.1% (a multi-year low) and climbing job openings, both of which point to increases in wage inflation and hence overall inflation. Note that job creation now seems to be tilting towards sectors with higher wage … Continue reading Economic Outlook February 2018

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Taxing Issues for Entrepreneurs in 2018

As late as December 15th, private business owners (referred to as Canadian-controlled Private Corporations or CPCC) will have major Canadian personal tax changes effective January 2018. This process began in July 2017 and engaged over 20,000 responses primarily from small business owners. The push back included the Canadian Chamber of Commerce President, Perrin Beatty who thundered … Continue reading Taxing Issues for Entrepreneurs in 2018

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Hampton Securities Grows Again!

Hampton Securities Limited is pleased to announce three professionals have joined our highly qualified team.  Mr. Michael MacMenamin has joined the firm’s institutional trading group in Toronto. Mr. Rafael Garcia has joined the firm’s Wealth Management Group in Toronto, as Vice President and Portfolio Manager. Mr. Steven Carinci has joined the firm’s Wealth Management Group … Continue reading Hampton Securities Grows Again!

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Monday Monitor- August 7 Selling Sunshine!

With the lowest unemployment rate announced on August 4, 2017 since 2008, the summer sunshine is warm in Canada. Canadian employment rose by 11,000 jobs in July according to the Labour Force Survey. That was a touch below consensus expectations. The unemployment rate dropped two from 6.5% to 6.3% (the lowest since October 2008). Self-employment … Continue reading Monday Monitor- August 7 Selling Sunshine!

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Monday Monitor – July 17th House Price Index

The Teranet–National Bank National Composite House Price Index TM rose 2.6% in June, the largest increase for that month in the index’s 19-year history. The table below breaks it down metropolitan areas: City Hamilton Toronto Quebec City Vancouver Victoria Edmonton Halifax Montreal Ottawa June Change +4.1% +3.7% +3.7% +2.5% +2.2% +1.8% +1.7% +1.6% 1.2%    Year over year, … Continue reading Monday Monitor – July 17th House Price Index

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Taking Stock at the 2017 Economic Midpoint (MGIS)

An update with a difference as investors watch a day time poltiical drama unfold at the midpoint of 2017. These distractions may create a diversion from the underlying realities that world economies are generally strengthening overall. Michael Graham Investment Services (MGIS) offers a fulsome and entertaining review of current global economic conditions. MGIS declares that the … Continue reading Taking Stock at the 2017 Economic Midpoint (MGIS)

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Monday Monitor: July 10th Bank Speak Week

A big week coming up for the Bank of Canada (BoC) after a strong June jobs report coupled with a stronger Canadian dollar will focus attention on the BoC statement on monetary policy due on Wednesday July 12th. For the first time in seven years, the central bank could actually raise interest rates. The broad-based … Continue reading Monday Monitor: July 10th Bank Speak Week

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Monday Monitor May 15th, 2017 “CPI Numbers for Canada”

Monday Monitor for May 15th, 2017 Financial Markets Last Week With a look at the year-to-date (Y-T-D) comparisons of the major financial markets, the divide between global and international market expectations with their underlying sectors or industries emerges for the first half of 2017. Canada’s main exchange the S&P/TSX60 Composite Index and its two main sectors of energy … Continue reading Monday Monitor May 15th, 2017 “CPI Numbers for Canada”

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Monday Monitor May 8th 2017: “Housing Reports Cool in April”

Monday Monitor for May 8th, 2017 The Last Week Entrepreneurs and business owners pull through to be the major engine of modest job growth for a mixed Canadian April jobs report. This contrasted the stronger U.S. job growth at  211,000 in April above the consensus forecast of 190,000. While each central bank held their interest … Continue reading Monday Monitor May 8th 2017: “Housing Reports Cool in April”

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Monday Monitor May 1st 2017: “After beating expectations the last 7 of the 8 prior months, the Canadian economy took a breather”

Monday Monitor for May 5, 2017 The Last month In February 2017, Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reported a flat 0.1% increase. There is no need for concern, according to our partners at National Bank Financial Economic and Strategy Group (NBF). Even with a modest February and March level of overall economic activity, Canada’s economy … Continue reading Monday Monitor May 1st 2017: “After beating expectations the last 7 of the 8 prior months, the Canadian economy took a breather”

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What does retirement look like, really?

Retirement is a process of losing and finding your identities. The financial challenges of preparing for retirement can be managed in many ways. It always begins with a solid and dynamic financial plan. The psychological plan should also be invested in too. The reality of discovering that within an employment capacity, you are indispensable, is … Continue reading What does retirement look like, really?

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Entrepreneurial Insights from Budget 2017

Entrepreneurs and those business owners who operate through a private corporation, known in tax lingo formally as a “Canadian-controlled private corporation” (CCPC), often do so for a variety of tax reasons. While the recent Federal Budget in March 2017 did not change the corporate tax rates or the tax treatment of CCPCs, the various tax … Continue reading Entrepreneurial Insights from Budget 2017

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Entrepreneurs: Have the “Money Talk”

Time to have the “Money Talk”. Financial and Tax Planning are common catalysts in the first quarter of each year, regardless of when you file your taxes. Our Advisors at Hampton Securities would recommend entrepreneurs take it a step further. It is an ideal time to have the “Money Talk” with family and partners to … Continue reading Entrepreneurs: Have the “Money Talk”

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BoC holds interest rates for now

The Bank of Canada (BoC) announces to stay the course on April 18th as the Canadian economy manages mixed signals. As widely expected, the Bank of Canada (BoC) left the overnight rate unchanged at 1.25% today. The central bank acknowledged rising core inflation, saying this is “consistent with an economy operating with little slack”. The … Continue reading BoC holds interest rates for now

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Weekend Read: Don’t plan for retirement, plan for an encore

Have you planned for your “encore” life? You’ve likely seen these statistics: by 2030, as the last baby boomers turn 65, older adults are expected to reach 20% of the population, and by 2050, 19 million people will be in the 85+ age group. Although U.S. based, these statistics are proportionally the same for Canada, … Continue reading Weekend Read: Don’t plan for retirement, plan for an encore

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Markets Digest the Possibility of US Protectionism

Global financial markets are attempting to determine the probability and the implications of the rhetoric and status of negotiations of various trade agreements. Most recently the implications of a trade war with tariffs has contributed to a 4% decline in valuations. At this point, while the protectionist probabilities increase the reality of increased costs globally … Continue reading Markets Digest the Possibility of US Protectionism

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Global Economic Vital Signs for 2018

Our partners at National Bank Financial Economics has reflected on the year that was in 2017 from a global perspective as economists are want to do in order to set the stage for the balance of 2018. The economic vital signs of 2017 are robust and record setting. It’s becoming clearer why world GDP (Gross … Continue reading Global Economic Vital Signs for 2018

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Economic Monitor: NAFTA, Tariffs and Employment Numbers

Canada’s economic surprise index has dropped lately while NAFTA negotiations remain a source of uncertainty as the employment numbers continue to progress. All things considered, National Bank Financial Economics Group believes the Bank of Canada will ‘stay put’ in March, reiterating that continued monetary policy accommodation is still needed to keep the economy operating close to … Continue reading Economic Monitor: NAFTA, Tariffs and Employment Numbers

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What is Canada’s Inflationary Picture?

The core inflationary outlook is closing in on the estimates the Bank of Canada (BoC) has projected. While the target rate of 2% annual inflation may sound modest, overall inflation measures are running above the Bank of Canada mid-point target on a 6-month annualized basis (CPI-Trim at 2.3% and CPI-median at 2.2%). We believe this … Continue reading What is Canada’s Inflationary Picture?

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Abby Normal – Is volatility the new market norm?

When an asset rises in value for over 400 business days, it is normal to pause to reassess. The past two weeks, but in particular the last five trading days has delivered the most volatile trading ranges in recent history. The S&P 500 is used as a proxy for the American economy. Enjoy the article … Continue reading Abby Normal – Is volatility the new market norm?

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Congratulations on Pond Technologies Closing

Hampton Securities is proud to participate in the Pond Technologies Holdings Inc. (formerly named Ironhorse Oil & Gas Inc.) (the “Corporation“) amalgation. We are pleased to announce that, effective January 30, 2018, the Corporation completed its business combination (the “Transaction“) with Pond Technologies Inc. (“Pond“) by way of a “three-cornered amalgamation.” As a condition to … Continue reading Congratulations on Pond Technologies Closing

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Economic Monitor: January 2018

The Bank of Canada raised its benchmark interest rate for the third time in less than a year, taking it from 1.00% to 1.25% after a string of positive economic data forced policymakers to reassess their stance. In its statement, the Bank declared that the Canadian economy was now “operating roughly at capacity”, yet the … Continue reading Economic Monitor: January 2018

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