Mackenzie Investments publishes regular commentaries to help advisors and investors make sense of the markets, review the recent performances of funds and anticipate future outlooks. Read Mackenzie Investments’ quarterly, monthly and team commentaries for more information.
Latest Quarterly Commentary
The rapid yield increase in the fourth quarter of 2016 gave way to a much more sedate first quarter 2017 trading range for both the Canadian and US 10-year government bonds. Both bonds traded in an approximate range of 0.25%-0.30%, and finished March slightly lower than where they began the year.
The global economy continues to improve and we see fundamental macro improvements in all the major regions. The re-emergence of inflation is also taking place.
Markets were heavily influenced in the first quarter by political factors revolving around U.S. President Donald Trump. Equity markets were powered to new highs during the quarter in what has been called the “Trump Trade” or “Trump Bump”, but perhaps more accurately reflects ongoing improvement in the U.S. and global economy. On balance, that mix of factors pushed risky assets up and led to the first U.S. Fed rate hike of 2017 in March.