Will the Gold Rally Continue?

The TSX index has seen some of the biggest gains and losses in the last few days and much of that volatility has been due to the changes in perception of future Gold Prices. The TSX index is of course heavily reliant on mineral prices and as such suffers much from the volatility in that market. The problem with Gold prices at this time is that they seem to have peaked. They are deeply reliant on economic downturns as a safe store of value for investors. They are also highly valued in some emerging markets. In our opinion this does not indicate a strong price support at the global level.

Why are Canadian Stocks Doing so Badly?

The question on everybody's mind has been the underperformance of Canadian stocks this year. Compared to the US stock markets, the Canadian investors are not seeing the same results.

Here are some of the reasons:

  • The Federal Government stimulus packages have been lacking
  • Canada has been outperforming the US economy in the recent past, and for a fairly long time, so this is part of the US economy and markets catching up essentially
  • There continue to be structural issues in the Canadian economy that need long term strategic solutions

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What is S&P/TSX Composite Index?

S&P/TSX Composite Index

The TSX stock exchange defines an index as a statistical measure of the state of the stock market, based on the performance of certain stocks. The performance of the index is typically viewed as a broad indicator of the direction of the economy. Originally known as the TSE 300 the composite index was created in 1977, with a base level of 1000 as of 1975. Through the years the index consisted of a sample of 300 companies, though the companies that comprised the index varied from year to year. Stocks were dropped when they no longer met exchange requirements for size and liquidity.

Effective May 1st, 2002 the index has been managed by Standard & Poor's Corp. of New York. The name was changed from the TSE 300 to the S&P/TSX Composite Index. Along with the S&P branding came new rules. Tougher criteria for meeting size and liquidity standards were imposed and there is now no fixed number of companies in the index. Since May 2002 the number of companies has dropped from 300 to 212 as of November of 2003.

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