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Magazine Cover for February 2024
February 2024

Last year once again reminded us of the importance of staying invested. The
market in 2023 started off strong, dipped, recovered, dipped again, then had a
big run in the fourth quarter.

Traders and short-investors likely had a very hard time: In 2023 one minute the world was
ending with high inflation, high interest rates and a looming recession. The next minute,
rates were falling, economists were talking about a 'soft landing' and all was good again.

But investors who simply held on, or, better yet, kept buying on a regular basis, likely
did very well in 2023. We enjoyed a solid 2023 performance, but a lot of it came in the last
nine weeks of the year, and the move was enough to make up for several mistakes (yes, we
still make those!).

So, as 2024 moves unrelentingly forward, keep this in mind: it is not timing the market,
it is time IN the market. Yes, a very old stock market saying. But, clearly, one of the best:
give your companies enough time to make you wealthy.

Peter Hodson CFA
Founder and Head of Research
5i Research Inc.

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Magazine Cover for January 2024
January 2024

Happy New Year MoneySavers.

Did you enjoy 2023? There was, as always, lots of action in the capital markets, and
things did not look good in the early days, with interest rates rising and regional banks in
the US imploding on a daily basis. In March, some worried about a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis.

But strong job numbers, a recovery in corporate earnings, lower inflation and a belief that interest rates have peaked (not to mention a giant bitcoin rally) saved the day.

Going into 2024, confidence is coming back. There is $6 trillion in cash sitting on the sidelines. It might be a good year, but we know better than to make such predictions.

Don't change your investment strategy suddenly. Keep to your plan. You do have a plan, don't you? If you are thinking of buying a GIC, we might move faster than normal. In Canada, at least, with weaker economic growth, interest rates are likely to fall earlier and faster than rates in the USA.

And, don't forget to contribute to your TFSA, the best account for investors. The 2024 contribution limit is $7,000. Never bought a house? The First Home Savings Account is a hybrid of a TFSA and RRSP, and will help new home buyers with an $8,000 annual contribution, up to $40,000 lifetime.

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Peter Hodson

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