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Financial Outlook

Optimum Asset Management publishes quarterly financial outlooks which provide an overview of the economy as well as of the bond, Canadian equity, foreign equity and foreign currency markets.

It also contains information on our portfolios based on different economic contexts.

  • Employment in Canada rose in August for the third consecutive month and now stands at 156,000 fewer jobs (-0.8%) below the pre-pandemic level in February 2020. As a result, the unemployment rate was 7.1%, the lowest since the start of the pandemic.
  • Energy prices fluctuated significantly during the quarter, with Brent crude oil ranging from US$65 to US$80 a barrel.
  • Despite a strong performance from the Canadian economy, the loonie depreciated throughout the period to end at 1.27 as at September 30.
  • The FTSE Canada Universe Bond Index returned -0.51% in the third quarter versus 1.66% in the second quarter.
  • In Canada, the S&P/TSX Index ended the quarter at levels similar to June 30. Even so, volatility featured prominently during the quarter. The index advanced 0.20% during the quarter for a year-to-date return of 17.5%.
  • In the United States, the S&P 500 Index also experienced high volatility but reached a new peak in early September. Even so, the index then retreated, finishing slightly
    higher than at the start of the quarter (+0.6%).

FINANCIAL OUTLOOK

October 2021

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FINANCIAL OUTLOOK

July 2021

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FINANCIAL OUTLOOK

April 2021

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FINANCIAL OUTLOOK

January 2021

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FINANCIAL OUTLOOK

October 2020

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July 2020

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Releases 


COMMUNIQUÉ
14/05/2021

Aide-mémoire fiscal 2021

Consultez notre outil de référence pratique.

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT
22/06/2020

Mr. Pierre-Philippe Ste-Marie and Mr. Martin Delage

Optimum Asset Management is pleased to announce the appointments of Mr. Pierre-Philippe Ste-Marie and Mr. Martin Delage 

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COMMUNICATION
18/06/2020

New pooled fund launched

In 2012, Optimum Asset Management developed a strategy to reduce the volatility of returns in periods of uncertainty. The low volatility Canadian equity strategy generates returns that correlate with the market differently. 

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Media Presence


LA PRESSE
21/11/2021

Analyse de finances personnelles

Train de vie : Devrions-nous prendre une assurance vie pour épargner de l'impôt?

Notre collègue, Sylvain B. Tremblay, en entrevue avec Isabelle Dubé de
La Presse.

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LA PRESSE
24/10/2021

Pourquoi investir dans les fonds communs si les FNB sont si bons?

Notre collègue, Sylvain B. Tremblay, en entrevue avec Isabelle Dubé de     La Presse

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CONSEILLER
01/10/2021

Ils ont osé vous le demander...

Notre collègue, Sylvain B. Tremblay, en entrevue avec Hélène Roulot-Ganzmann de la revue Conseiller.

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CONSEILLER
13/08/2021

Conseiller les enfants de ses clients

Ils gagnent à s’intéresser tôt à la finance. Notre collègue, Sylvain B. Tremblay, en entrevue avec Sylvie Lemieux de la revue Conseiller.

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LES AFFAIRES
28/06/2021

Se protéger de l'inflation par les obligations à rendement réel

Lisez les commentaires de notre co-chef des placements, Pierre-Philippe Ste-Marie, sur les obligations à rendement réel.

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CONSEILLER
01/06/2021

Le marché obligataire est-il toujours pertinent?

D’autres solutions pourraient être préférables. La réponse de notre collègue, Sylvain B. Tremblay, dans la revue Conseiller.

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