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Swiss Surprise!

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When we think of Switzerland, a few things instantly come to mind – chocolates, watches, the Alps, and Swiss Banks among other things. One thing that doesn’t is surprises, and that is exactly what we got last week. The Swiss National Bank (SNB) decided to abruptly end more than a three-year peg with the Euro. The peg was initiated in 2011 with the big Swiss exporters in mind but maintaining the peg in the face of likely game changing monetary policy initiatives by the European Central Bank probably seemed too risky.

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Thoughts on Central Banks’ Recent Actions

Investments, Investment Views

Spring has not sprung, but central banks sure have sprung into action at home and abroad. Bank of Canada (BoC) sprung a surprise on us by cutting the overnight rate by 25bps and the European Central Bank (ECB) initiated a much-anticipated quantitative easing program.

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Duration in the Stock Market

Investments, Investment Views

Participants in the bond market spend a lot of time calculating something called “duration”, which is simply the sensitivity of the price of a bond to changes in interest rates. As an income producing asset class, stocks, just like bonds, have duration. What intrigues me is how little people talk about it in those terms.

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