The Week of March 8 – March 12, 2021
- Last Wednesday, the Bank of Canada said it would hold current level of policy rate until inflation objective is sustainably achieved. It continues on with its quantitative easing program.
- Canada February unemployment rate fell to 8.2% from 9.4% in January. The economy added 259,200 jobs in February, compared to a loss of 212,800 in January. It is a very strong showing. ‘Average hourly wages’ +4.26% year over year, mostly due to widespread job losses still dominating the lower-paying service sectors. The ‘participation rate’ was steady at 64.7%.
- U.S. weekly jobless claims eased to 712,000 from 754,000 prior.
- U.S. February National Federation of Independent Businesses (“NFIB”) ‘small business optimism index’ edged up from 95.0 in January to 95.8 for February. The improvement is encouraging but it missed expectations. Small businesses are still struggling with the pandemic and the permanent damage it has inflicted on business owners and employees.
- U.S. February ‘producer price index’ +2.8% year over year. Core PPI +0.2% month over month, +2.5% year over year.
- U.S. February ‘core consumer price index’ only rose 0.1% month over month, putting the year over year rate at 1.3%.
- In its policy-setting meeting last Thursday, European Central Bank (“ECB”) President Lagarde opened with, “Market rates pose risk to wider financing conditions.” German Bund yields fell after the ECB announced “significantly faster” bond purchases.
- ECB raised 2021 growth forecast for the Eurozone from 3.9% to 4.0%; inflation from 1.0% to 1.5%. Lagarde cited higher crude oil futures prices as the source.
- J&J’s one-shot COVID vaccine has been cleared for authorization in the EU.
- CNN – “Denmark, Iceland and Norway have suspended the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine while the European Union’s medicines regulator investigates whether the shot could be linked to a number of reports of blood clots.”
Portfolio Manager & Chief Technical Analyst
William Chin, Chief Technical Analyst for Caldwell Investment Management Ltd. (“Caldwell”), is the lead Portfolio Manager on the Tactical Sovereign Bond Fund and Portfolio Manager for the fixed income portion of the Caldwell North American Fund (formerly Caldwell Balanced Fund). He also advises fixed income portfolios for affiliate Caldwell Securities Ltd.’s separately managed account platform and contributes to the Caldwell Investment Management Ltd. team’s research, specializing in macro-economics, currency risk management and technical analysis. William is a member of Caldwell’s Investment Risk Committee.
William has over 35 years of international investment experience in the areas of portfolio, currency risk and treasury management. He began his career in the currency market, progressing to the role of treasury manager for a large international bank. He was first registered as a Portfolio Manager with the Ontario Securities Commission in 1999 and managed high net worth client portfolios on a discretionary basis prior to joining Caldwell.
William has an MBA in economics and international finance. He has been a volunteer and a board member for the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts since 2001 and is their former President (2012-2014).
William is a frequent speaker on macro analysis, monetary policy and technical analysis.
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