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ADVISOR FOCUS - a newsletter from
22 Sep 2003

Current Issue | Subscribe to Advisor Focus | Back Issues

SPOTLIGHT: Cross-Border Trusts Under Tax Microscope

    PROFILE: Pierre Karl Péladeau's Star Académie
    Pierre Karl Péladeau, the young and dynamic CEO of Quebecor (QBR.B-T), has done the near-impossible — made convergence work. Read about how this philosopher-CEO overcame the "PKP discount", awakened to the appeal of Québécois pop culture, and achieved success at cost-slashing and debt-reduction.


MARKET OUTLOOK: Is The Early Cyclical Bull Market Over?

  • TSX Benchmark Seen As Due For Correction
    Read why a senior VP at Canaccord Capital says Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX composite index could be due for a correction of 5 to 7 per cent.
  • Market Caution Advised
    Here's a technical-analysis-based critique of current markets that says risk exceeds upside. Read why this analyst says consolidation may precede any further rise.

FUND MANAGER OUTLOOK: Fund Managers' Strategies and Plans

  • Fund Managers See Economic Recovery
    Results of a monthly Merrill Lynch survey demonstrate money managers are in an upbeat mood: they say equities remain fairly valued and prospects for global economic recovery are solid. Read their returns expectations for the next 12 months.
  • AGF Manager Eyes Big Changes
    With award-winning fund manager Keith Graham's move from AIM Trimark to AGF, some funds at his new employer are being revamped. They're shifting focus to 'real value' investing, an approach that requires asking a specific set of analytical questions.
  • Manager Sticks To S&P 500 Target as Index Draws Near
    The head of U.S. equity research at RBC Asset Management says his team is resisting market pressure to boost their fourth-quarter S&P 500 target. Yes, the US economy is improving more quickly than expected, but they point to "areas of concern" that curb their enthusiasm.

SECTOR UPDATE: Opportunity Seen in Precious Metals, The Far East, Nortel

  • The Great Call of China
    High expected economic growth, high geopolitical risk — that's China in a nutshell for Western investors. New China-related products are opening the East to your clients.
  • Precious Metals Funds are Golden
    Precious metals, the big-surprise winners of '02, enjoyed a recent advance on gold's August price rise. Read the details on how "excessive global money creation" kicked off this rally.
  •  Nortel Target Raised
    The recent announcement of a deal with a French mobile phone company has Desjardins' analyst calling Nortel not just a buy, but a "top pick".