Helping investors navigate turbulent times
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Helping investors navigate turbulent times

The spread of the coronavirus and its uncertain impact on global health and economic growth have roiled financial markets. To help you navigate, we’ve assembled our most relevant insights below. Please reach out to us with any concerns.

How the coronavirus outbreak is affecting markets

The virus shock’s impact will likely be large and sharp, but we believe investors should be level-headed, take a long-term perspective and stay invested.

  • WEEKLY COMMENTARY

    Commodities rewired

    Apr 12, 2021 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    What’s the outlook for commodities after their recent rally? Read more in the Global weekly commentary.
  • Paint Box

    Real resilience in Canadian portfolios

    Sep 16, 2020 | By Kurt Reiman
    We dive deeper into the third theme, real resilience, from our 2020 mid-year outlook report and discuss it's relevance to Canada.
  • How momentum investing can help capture trends

    Aug 31, 2020 | By Holly Framsted, CFA
    Momentum ETFs can help investors understand “what’s working now".
  • Policy revolution

    Policy revolution

    Aug 12, 2020 | By Kurt Reiman
    We dive deeper into the second theme, policy revolution, from our 2020 mid-year outlook report and discuss it's relevance to Canada.
  • COMMENTARY

    Activity restart

    Jul 31, 2020 | By Kurt Reiman
    We dive deeper into the activity restart theme from our 2020 mid-year outlook report and discuss it's relevance to Canada.
  • MARKET COMMENTARY

    ESG in Factors

    Jul 27, 2020 | By Andrew Ang, PhD
    If you’re a factor investor, you may already hold an ESG-friendly portfolio. But investors can go one step further.
  • COMMENTARY

    Stocks and bonds aren’t telling different stories

    Jun 26, 2020 | By Kurt Reiman
    Canadian stocks have risen nearly 40% since the March 2020 lows, but 10-year Government of Canada bond yields remain near historical lows at just 0.55%.
  • Market commentary

    Relying on factors in crises

    Jun 18, 2020 | By Andrew Ang
    Unprecedented market volatility has rattled markets. What should investors expect from factor portfolios?
  • COMMENTARY

    Government bonds still offer ballast

    Jun 17, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Stock market volatility perked up in recent weeks after what had seemed like a one-way move higher.
  • COMMENTARY

    Investment directions: Summer 2020

    Jun 15, 2020 | By Christopher Dhanraj
    The iShares Strategy team discusses economic and market outlooks across asset classes.
  • COMMENTARY

    When less bad is good

    Jun 11, 2020 | By Kurt Reiman
    Data surprised to the upside in Canada, and the Bank of Canada took a less cautious – but still cautious – tone last week. But it’s the improved situation overseas that has had the more important effect on lifting Canadian stocks in recent weeks.
  • COMMENTARY

    Taking the long view

    Jun 3, 2020 | By Kurt Reiman
    At a time of bleak economic data and uncertainty about the spread of the virus, it’s natural to focus on the here and now. But, important structural changes to the economy and asset classes during the pandemic would argue for taking the long view.
  • Market Commentary

    Lessons learned: On volatility, liquidity and ETFs

    Jun 2, 2020 | By Michael Lane
    How financial advisors can help investors stay disciplined.
  • COMMENTARY

    Defense is still a viable offense

    May 28, 2020 | By Kurt Reiman
    Canadian stocks have made an impressive recovery off the late March lows, leaving the market susceptible to a slower reopening and earnings recovery than is currently reflected in estimates.
  • Commentary

    Reshaping sustainable investing

    May 28, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Four forces that we believe will accelerate sustainable index adoption and drive US$1 trillion in new assets this decade.
  • COMMENTARY

    Sustainable is both attainable and explainable

    May 21, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    We look at the sustainable investing trend that is clearly receiving a boost as investors come to terms with the coronavirus shock.
  • COMMENTARY

    Tech-tonic shifts in Canadian stocks

    May 21, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    Canadian tech’s share of the equity market has grown, while energy and other resources sectors have dwindled. In our Canadian markets blog this week, we discuss the importance of looking globally for secular-growth themes.
  • Market commentary

    Weathering the storm with minimum volatility

    May 8, 2020 | By Holly Framsted, CFA
    Learn how minimum volatility can help investors in turbulent markets.
  • COMMENTARY

    Growing bonds between fiscal and monetary policy

    May 5, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    This past week brought many new developments related to the future of Canadian monetary policy and its relationship with fiscal policy in the post-coronavirus era.
  • Commentary

    The loonie’s new lower normal

    Apr 28, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    The Canadian dollar has fallen more than 7% versus the U.S. dollar in 2020 despite having moved off its mid-March lows below U.S.$0.70.
  • Market Commentary

    Navigating the market turmoil

    Apr 22, 2020 | By Armando Senra
    How investors can stay focused on their long-term goals in market volatility.
  • Commentary

    Bridge over troubled data

    Apr 21, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    Record-breaking declines in Canadian economic activity failed to interfere with gains in risk assets last week. We put the events of the past week in context and provide some thoughts on the outlook from here.
  • Commentary

    Gauging the impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian economy

    Apr 13, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    We discuss why effective policy coordination is key to supporting a swift economic recovery and avoiding a protracted slowdown.
  • Commentary

    Canadian bank dividends: tough but not insurmountable challenges

    Apr 7, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    We weigh in on prospects for Canadian bank dividends and the associated risks.
  • MACRO AND MARKET PERSPECTIVES

    How large is the coronavirus macro shock?

    Apr 7, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    We put the record-breaking coronavirus macro shock in context and outline the implications for risk assets.
  • COMMENTARY

    Canadian energy’s last gasp

    Mar 31, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    We discuss the state of the Canadian energy sector, latest policy actions, and portfolio positioning.
  • Markets

    Bond ETFs amid the Coronavirus market shock

    Mar 25, 2020 | By RBC iShares
    As market turmoil continues, investors turn to ETFs to allocate capital, adjust positions and manage risk.
  • Commentary

    The dreaded month long downtrend

    Mar 24, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    We break down recent developments in stocks and take an inventory of policy developments after an eventful week.
  • Commentary

    Three strategies to limit losses

    Mar 23, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    We look at three time-tested strategies to potentially limit portfolio losses while staying invested.
  • Commentary

    Policy hat trick

    Mar 16, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    Our perspectives on a strong coordinated policy response during a highly volatile week and what it means for Canadian financial markets.
  • MARKETS

    Market plunge: This is not 2008

    Mar 9, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    Market moves have been reminiscent of the financial crisis, but the economy and financial system are on stronger footing.
  • MARKETS

    Time for policy to go direct

    Mar 9, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    A coordinated policy response to the coronavirus shock is needed to avoid persistent economic damage.
  • MARKETS

    Coronavirus warrants caution

    Feb 26, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    We are reducing our overweight equity and credit exposures due to coronavirus outbreaks but maintain benchmark holdings.
  • MACRO VIEWS

    2020 investment outlook

    Dec 9, 2019 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    The coronavirus and related containment measures are likely to cause considerable disruptions to near-term economic activity.