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  1. The Looming European Natural Gas Crisis

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine has amplified energy security concerns, particularly in European Union (EU) nations. The EU has historically relied on Russia for over 40% of their natural gas consumption. With Russia restricting natural gas flows to the EU, the EU has been forced to look elsewhere for alternative supplies. Securing adequate energy supplies and building reserves for the fast-approaching winter has been a major priority….

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  2. The Dollar Safe Haven

    The recent strength of the U.S. dollar highlights the extraordinary flight-to-safety of international investors following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Since the invasion, the euro has declined 11% – a 20-year low. The British pound has fallen 14% – an astounding 37-year low. The Japanese yen, another major currency, has dropped 20% – a 24-year low…

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  3. Valuations Matter

    The first-half of 2022 proved to be a challenging time for global financial markets. High inflation, rising interest rates, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and persistent supply-chain challenges have acted as a myriad of headwinds for financial markets. Notable indexes for both risky assets (stocks) and less-risky assets (bonds) have suffered double-digit losses since the start of the year. On a relative basis, client portfolios have performed well and have continued to protect capital during the market weakness.

    Much of the weakness seen thus far has come from stock market valuations being reset. The high-flying growth (ie. technology) stocks that reached unprecedented valuations during the pandemic were the first to fall near the start of the year…

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  4. The Geopolitical Divide

    The events of February 24, 2022 shocked the world as Russia launched a large-scale military offensive in Ukraine. The U.S. and its allies responded with sweeping sanctions and boycotts to hamper the Russian economy. They have stopped short of engaging in a direct conflict with Russia at the risk of further escalation. While a resolution may be on the horizon, the impacts of the conflict have been wide-ranging across industries and felt globally. Humanitarian crises are arising in neighbouring countries as almost 4 million refugees have fled Ukraine while commodity shortages from export restrictions have ripped through global supply chains.

    Russia is the world’s second largest exporter of crude oil and the largest source of natural gas for European Union nations. Restrictions and boycotts on Russian energy exports pushed energy commodity prices to levels not seen since 2014 – with West Texas Intermediate (WTI), a benchmark for North American oil, exceeding $100 USD/barrel…

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  5. WPC Rising Stars 2021

    WPC has named our very own Skyelar Siwak as one of the top young professionals in Canada’s Wealth Management Industry for the 2021 year. As one of their featured winners, Skyelar was able to share with WPC what has contributed to her growing success in the industry since joining the Hemisphere Capital Management team over six years ago.

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