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Brendan T.N. Caldwell, B.Sc., M.A., CFA

It has been a challenging time for the health of the world medically and financially. What are your thoughts regarding the Coronavirus and the stock market?

Posted: March 3, 2020

A transcript of this episode is available below, modified for a more enjoyable reading experience. For more posts exploring the ideas we talk about in the episode, check out our Related Reads links.

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Brendan Caldwell
Brendan T.N. Caldwell, B.Sc., M.A., CFA

President, CEO, & CIO

Brendan Caldwell is the President & CEO of Caldwell Investment Management Ltd (“CIM”). The mutual funds for which Brendan acted as lead portfolio manager have won 5 Lipper Awards for CIM in recent years. He is also co-portfolio manager of Caldwell’s major exchange related investments, including Urbana Corporation and the Caldwell Growth Opportunities Trust.
Brendan earned his B.Sc. from Trinity College at the University of Toronto in 1991 and his M.A. in English Literature from the University of London, England, in 1992. Brendan has held his Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”) designation since 1995.
Prior to joining Caldwell in 1995, Brendan worked for a major Canadian mutual fund company and then a bank-controlled investment dealer. His securities exchange memberships have included Toronto, New York, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Kansas City Board of Trade and the American Stock Exchange (AMEX).
Brendan is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute and a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts, as well as the CFA Institute. Often interviewed for his insights into current economic issues and in regards to Caldwell’s role as an active investor in global securities exchanges, Brendan is a regular financial commentator and an industry consultant on numerous media outlets.
Brendan is the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, our nation’s oldest rifle regiment. He is a member of the Church of Messiah, the Institute of Evangelism at Wycliffe College, the Corporation of Trinity College, Upper Canada College Council of 1829, the Board of Trustees of the Bishop Strachan School and the Campaign Cabinet for Neshama Playground, Canada’s first accessible playground for children with all abilities. Brendan is a Director of the Caldwell Foundation whose recent activities included a partnership with Free the Children to create the Caldwell Leadership Centre, a base for building schools in Rajasthan, India. Brendan received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his long record of philanthropy and volunteer service.
Married to Sandra since 1993, Brendan and his wife are the parents of four children. Brendan’s favorite way to relax is tree-planting and is building an arboretum in Fairvalley, Ontario.

Transcript
00:15 Well I think the stock market is concerned about the medical implications certainly but it's more the economic implications that are troubling it and what it means for world economic growth in terms of the virus itself.
00:29 I was having lunch last week with an old friend who's one of Canada's leading immunologists and she was explaining to me about how while surgical masks have limited usefulness getting a flu shot it helps because it would reduce complications from getting to sicknesses at once. But the economic impact is important because it's really slowed China's growth and growth in China is essential for political stability.
00:55 The good thing that may come out of it though which would really help stock markets is if China and the US use this incident to forge a trade deal because the trade war has weakened China's economy going into this. Now this has shut it down almost entirely. So that could be good news we could also see a cut in interest rates both things would be really powerful incentives for a much stronger March and April. Thank you.
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