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Canada energized by trading surge

April 7, 2022
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  • The Russian war against Ukraine is a seminal event that has worsened the shortages and inflation pressures already felt as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Even if peace breaks out tomorrow, Russia will be isolated economically and become dependent on China, financially and economically.
  • The US Federal Reserve and other central banks have no choice but to transition from supporting economic growth with extremely expansive monetary policies to fighting inflation with higher interest rates and quantitative tightening.
  • In early November, the Canadian two-year Treasury note held a 60 basis-point advantage over the comparable U.S. Treasury security. At the end of March, the yields were almost exactly the same.
  • Inflation in Canada is accelerating just as dramatically as in the U.S. While the core inflation rate tends to run a bit lower than in the U.S., Canada’s latest year-on-year reading of 4.8% as of February is nonetheless the highest in more than 30 years.
  • Fears of a recession in the US and Europe this year or next appear misplaced, although growth will likely be slower than had been anticipated prior to the invasion. The odds of recession will climb beyond next year, however, as global interest rates adjusted for inflation rise and the financial positions of households and business deteriorate.
  • Equity markets rebounded surprisingly sharply during the closing weeks of March, highlighting the resiliency and adaptability of publicly-traded companies. Despite this, investors should continue to expect more volatility and mixed equity performance as a result of war uncertainty, stubbornly high inflation and tighter monetary policies.
  • The threat of stagflation is a possibility. In the 1970s, similar economic conditions saw value equities, small-cap stocks and commodities among the best-performing asset classes, while bonds and stocks with high earnings multiples lagged badly. While the past is not necessarily prologue, SEI notes that the best-performing areas in the year-to-date have been commodities, commodity equities, value-oriented equities and defensive sectors.
  • From the years-long COVID pandemic and supply-chain shocks to inflation and war, the world is an unpredictable place where events both far from home and right in your neighbourhood can sometimes have dramatic effects on financial markets. Unsettled times further reinforce our belief in diversification as a sound investment strategy.

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SEI Investments Canada Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of SEI Investments Company, is the Manager of the SEI Funds in Canada.

The information contained herein is for general and educational information purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal, tax, accounting, securities, research or investment advice regarding the Funds or any security in particular, nor an opinion regarding the appropriateness of any investment. This commentary has been provided by SEI Investments Management Corporation (“SIMC”), a U.S. affiliate of SEI Investments Canada Company. SIMC is not registered in any capacity with any Canadian regulator, nor is the author, and the information contained herein is for general information purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal, tax, accounting, securities, or investment advice, nor an opinion regarding the appropriateness of any investment. You should not act or rely on the information contained herein without obtaining specific legal, tax, accounting and investment advice from qualified professionals. This information should not be construed as a recommendation to purchase or sell a security, derivative or futures contract. You should not act or rely on the information contained herein without obtaining specific legal, tax, accounting and investment advice from an investment professional. This material represents an assessment of the market environment at a specific point in time and is not intended to be a forecast of future events, or a guarantee of future results. There is no assurance as of the date of this material that the securities mentioned remain in or out of the SEI Funds. 
 

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