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Terms and conditions for Canada

Economic growth downshift

Global growth slowed in the past quarter, hindered by manufacturing weakness, elevated uncertainty from protectionism and Brexit, fading fiscal stimulus and the slowing Chinese economy. Our base case is for continued economic growth, albeit at a slowing pace, but we recognize that the downside risks have increased.

Earnings critical to higher stock prices

Global equities rallied in June and July, but stumbled in August as trade tensions escalated. Stocks could deliver gains in the mid-single to low-double digits in an environment of moderate corporate profit growth, low interest rates and low inflation. But in a recessionary scenario, the damage to earnings and investor confidence would send stock prices meaningfully lower.

Low bond yields stoke valuation concerns

Global sovereign bonds have extended their rally and our valuation models are signaling caution as yields declined to record lows. We expect upward pressure on real interest rates over time, potentially leading to low or even negative returns on sovereign bonds for many years.

Executive summary

Financial markets face an evolving set of macroeconomic headwinds and, against this challenging backdrop, central banks are now offering support through monetary stimulus. Our base case is for continued economic growth, albeit at a slowing pace but we recognize that the downside risks have increased.

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Economy

Global growth slowed in the past quarter, hindered by manufacturing weakness, elevated uncertainty from protectionism and Brexit, fading fiscal stimulus and the slowing Chinese economy.

Fixed income

Central banks have now pivoted to monetary stimulus in a synchronized fashion, with some having already delivered rate cuts and others hinting at additional easing measures.

Equity markets

Global equities rallied in June and July, but stumbled in August as trade tensions escalated between the U.S. and China.

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