The Jobs Report for December was in-line with expectations. “This is the worst performance in three years but it’s a pace we should get used to in the context of a tight labour market and a slowing economy,” indicates our partners at NBF Economics. Hiring plans continued to be widespread according to the Bank of Canada’s Business Outlook Survey published late in December. Canadian economic conditions have weakened. The jobless rate remained unchanged at a record low of 5.6% as the participation rate remained unchanged at 65.4%.
What does this mean for your investment portfolios?
This could translate into some cautiousness among employers early in 2019. Does the more normalized growth and interest rates mean a decline in expected equity returns? December’s 2018 NBF report on business sentiment displays a divergence in expectations. The major decision is your belief about recent economic news. Do you view December’s volatility 2018 as the beginning of a slow period? If so markets may be fairly valued. If you believe with the lowered P/Es (price earnings ratio) equities are a buy within the extended late Bull market, then you will look to buy quality and have specific price targets. Regardless, it is a time in our economic and market cycles where active management and advice is required. Contact our seasoned Investment Advisors for a fulsome discussion on next steps for your portfolio.