The Finish Line Commentaries: First Week In August


Author: Danny Popescu  |  August 10, 2021

Good Day,

Last week proved a strong week for equities with Canada’s TSX, America’s S&P 500, Dow and NASDAQ and the global MSCI All-Country World Index each gaining 1% over the past five-day trading session.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employment expansion continues to drive equity advances. In the U.S. GDP has grown 6.4% during 2021, and Canadian GDP has grown by more than 5% in the first quarter as we await Q2 GDP numbers domestically. July job growth has been strong in both countries with 94,000 new jobs in Canada and 943,000 in the U.S. The unemployment rate in Canada has fallen to 7.5% and 5.4% in the U.S.

Strong jobs growth combined with increasing wages could drive inflation concerns. Many countries: China, Germany, U.S., and Canada, will announce inflation numbers for July this week, and we will see whether these concerns are justified, and eventually whether monetary policy will be affected. For the near future it appears that bond-buying programs and interest rates will be held steady by central banks around the world.

Should inflation numbers be higher than expected (or above the desired range set by central bankers) most analysts believe that action will be delayed until the impact of the delta variant of Covid-19 is known. As we wait, the measures in-place by the Bank of Canada, the Federal Reserve and other banks will continue to support equities markets.

What’s ahead for this week and beyond?
In Canada, producer inflation will be the lone indicator of importance on the economic release calendar.

In the U.S., job openings and labor turnover for June is scheduled for release and second quarter productivity. July’s consumer and producer inflation will be announced.

Globally, the Tokyo Olympics concluded on Sunday and Japanese markets will be closed on Monday. China will release its latest inflation numbers through the Consumer and Producer Price Indices. Germany will also release its inflation data.

Danny Popescu


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