Matthew Lekushoff |


With the first half of 2018 behind us, most international markets sit slightly higher than their 2017 close, while the emerging markets have not fared as well. After a strong start to the year, they have endured a correction since the end of January. China's Shanghai composite index, for example, currently trades 20% below its January high.

After trading slightly higher the last couple of weeks, it seems like most markets are beginning to settle in for August, which is historically one of the slowest months of the year. 

However, there was some excitement earlier this week...

On Monday, China stated it would adopt a more vigorous fiscal policy to support its economy; to which the China-dominated emerging market index responded in kind by rising more than 1% the following day.

That being said, the Chinese stock market has been one of the worst global performers this year, falling more than 20% since the beginning of 2018. This decline has likely been due to investor profit-taking, slowing economic growth, and trade issues with the Trump administration.

It should be interesting to see how both the Chinese market and their trade negotiations progress in the future.


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"I have no sunk costs." 
----- Daniel Kahneman
"Behaviour, in business and investing, is the art of putting skills to use. It's probably the hardest part of this game. It's not analytical. It's often counterintuitive. But it's the secret ingredient most of us are after. Skills should be praised. But skill without the right behavior often has a ceiling and an expiration date."
----- Morgan Housel


Our thoughts go out to the victims of the tragic mass shooting on the Danforth in Toronto Sunday night. Earlier this week, Bellevue Square author, Michael Redhill, penned a column in the Globe and Mail reflecting on the incident and the community he calls home.

Matthew Lekushoff

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