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Semi Annual Review: First Half of 2021

Luft Financial model portfolio updates help you understand the complexity of your assets, better manage them & develop successful investment strategies. Click here to read Elvis Picardo’s review: Model Portfolio Update 2021 First-Half Review

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The Market & Economic Environment

Market & Economic Environment

Equities continued to power ahead in June, as the TSX Composite traded over 20,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 capped its second-best performance in the first half of a year since 1998. The TSX advanced 2.2% last month, led by outsized gains in the technology sector (+18.2%); the energy sector rose 5.8% […]

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Critical Illness Insurance… For the Kids

Insurance for children may seem odd at first glance, but if you look closer, you may find a few great reasons to consider it. First, approval for a Critical Illness insurance policy is, in part, underwritten based on family medical history. If you get sick, your children may not be able to get approved for […]

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June 2021 – Why do I need a Will?

Why do I need a Will? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t like thinking about your mortality. It’s never a pleasant subject, but it is an important, and often overlooked, tool that should be included in your financial plan. What is a Will? Think of a Will as being your voice from beyond […]

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June 2021 Portfolio Management Team Update

Market & Economic Environment The TSX Composite reached a new record high in May, boosted by its substantial weighting in cyclical sectors, while U.S. indices traded sideways in the month. The index gained 3.3% last month, reaching an intra-day record level of 19,914.01 on May 31. The Canadian benchmark’s gains for the month were led […]

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May 2021 Portfolio Management Team Update – Market & Economic Environment

The TSX Composite and U.S. indices reached new highs in April, buoyed by strong economic data and progress on the Covid-19 vaccination rollout. The Canadian economy expanded in March for the 11th straight month, while U.S. GDP accelerated to a 6.4% annual rate in the first quarter as personal consumption – the biggest part of […]

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