Believe it or not, summer is almost over and there is only 1 month left before Canadian children all go back to school full time. In the US, the majority of the schools are also expected to open full time in September. While COVID-19 lingers into 2021, unless something catastrophic happens, you can expect children back in school and some parents who are able to return to work to do so as well. Given 19 million+ cases and 6 million+ currently infected, it was a tough call, but one the governments have made to try and reopen economies.
At the time of writing this article, we are on day 37 of province-wide closures in Ontario and similar time frames for the rest of our great nation of Canada. About 10 days prior to this, all of our schools were temporarily closed on March 14th, 2020 (which would bring that total to 47 days). While it may feel like day 370 (or 470), it has only been 37 days since all non-essential businesses were closed on March 24th, 2020. Yet, the lasting impact may be felt for years to come, with real-world changes coming into our lives. Read more
This has been one of the worst months in history for the stock markets. The economies around the world have come to a screeching halt and the majority of people around the world have been told to stay away from work and stay away from each other to avoid the spread of COVID-19 virus. While the first 3 weeks may have been the worst in history, the 4th week was the best since the 1930s, as we rallied off the back of government stimulus.
The main driver pushing the market higher in the cooperation from the US Federal Reserve. They have cut twice this year and have given the tone that they will continue to monitor the economic data and will continue to cut if need be. This is much different than the rhetoric last year when they had a steady rate increase plan for the foreseeable future.