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  • Canadian Private Market Recap: Dec 31

    Posted By: Anan Sivapalu

    The slowing Chinese economy and rising tensions in the Middle East weighed heavily on the global markets in the last two weeks of December. The injection of US$20 billion of liquidity by the Chinese central bank calmed the markets. The Canadian dollar stabilized around US$0.72 and the broad North American markets lost ground in 2015. Forward EBITDA multiples have remained remarkably stable.

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  • The Geek's Reading List: Dec 25

    Posted By: Brian Piccioni

    Highlights from this week's tech report include Apple, Blackberry and Facebook. The Geek's Reading List is a weekly publication written by Valitas advisor, Brian Piccioni.

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  • The Geek's Reading List: Dec 18

    Posted By: Brian Piccioni

    Highlights from this week's tech report include Google, Netflix and Microsoft. The Geek's Reading List is a weekly publication written by Valitas advisor, Brian Piccioni.

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  • Canadian Private Market Recap: Dec 18

    Posted By: Anan Sivapalu

    Last week, the North American markets were mixed. Falling oil prices, weak global economic conditions stemming from China and geopolitical uncertainty in the Middle East remain a concern for the North America markets. The U.S. Federal Reserve raised the benchmark interest rate by 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent, the first rate hike in almost 10 years. The U.S. Federal Reserve has also hinted at four small hikes in 2016. The Canadian dollar reached a new 11-year low, impacted by the confluence of a strengthening U.S. economy and a further decline in the WTI, which reached lows not seen since 2009. The Bank of Canada’s expected divergence in interest rates between the U.S. and Canada will maintain downward pressure on the currency.

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  • Canadian Private Market Recap: Dec 11

    Posted By: Anan Sivapalu

    Last week the North American markets had their largest drop since the week ended August 21, driven primarily by the second consecutive monthly decline in Chinese exports. The Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision next week also weighed on the markets. All of the equity markets experienced significant declines last week. The Canadian markets were further impacted by the Canadian dollar hitting a 10-year low and WTI dropping to levels not seen since 2009. Market volatility also increased significantly amidst global economic uncertainty. In the credit markets, treasury yields declined and the credit spreads increased as investors moved into treasuries to weather the global economic uncertainty.

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  • The Geek's Reading List: Dec 4

    Posted By: Brian Piccioni

    Highlights from this week's tech report include Apple, Xiaomi and Nokia. The Geek's Reading List is a weekly publication written by Valitas advisor, Brian Piccioni.

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  • Canadian Private Market Recap: Dec 04

    Posted By: Anan Sivapalu

    Last week the North American capital markets were unchanged, as the effects of sluggish European and Asian economic growth were offset by a positive U.S. job report. The U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs; resulting in 69 consecutive months of positive job growth. The Fed is expected to increase interest rates this month. The North American credit market remains favorable to borrowers.

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