Canada’s ‘ second recession’? Stay away from oil and gas for now

Canada’s ‘ second recession’? Stay away from oil and gas for now

Canada’s ‘ second recession’? Stay away from oil and gas for now by Tulika Marathe

Plunging oil prices have slowed Canada’s economic growth enough to raise fears of another recession. So is it time for your clients to re-evaluate their portfolios?  
 
It may still be too early to quantify the adverse economic and financial effects of the falling crude prices, but is now the time to shuffle your clients’ holdings?
 
“It’s already too late to do that,” said Adam Mayers, personal finance editor with the Toronto Star. “We’re already in a shallow recession. We’ve been seeing a steady decline in oil prices and a slowdown in the economy in the last two quarters. That’s why the Bank of Canada cut interest rates, in the hope of accumulating growth.”
 
When asked about investment opportunities at this time, Mayers said that there are always opportunities to invest, but that we should start to see a recovery towards the end of this year.
 
All is not lost, however. There still is scope for prudent investment in manufacturing if you’re up for the risk, or in other industries if you want to play it safe.
 
“Oil is a commodity that may not pick up value so quickly,” said Jason Castelli, VP portfolio manager at Raymond James. “We do want exposure, but not too much.” Be cautious of oil prices falling further, he advises, and focus on the high-quality manufacturing companies, like Suncor Energy and Imperial Oil, which can withstand the lower prices.
 
Other options also exist for those who want to play it safe. According to Castelli, you want to be investing in other industries, like healthcare, consumer staples – “anywhere really that is not resource-related”.
 
“These areas are much safer to focus on in case growth in the resource industry does not pick up,” he said, “though we do hope that growth will accumulate over the next quarter.”

 
3 Comments
  • Robert Roby 2015-07-21 4:48:35 PM
    This is so silly. With due respect, this is the baloney investors are being fed. To late to re-balance? Really? Based on what? Its time to buy bluechip resources within a well balanced portfolio.
    Happy to hear investors should be in healthcare, consumer staples. Sounds like the revelation of the year and we "hope growth will accumulate in the next quarter". Really? Savvy investors do not judge their holdings based on a quarter or even a year. This stock market brokerage mentality benefits who ? Cha Chang! For who?
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  • Ruby Yawney 2015-07-24 10:11:05 PM
    So, just so I understand, buy health care high and sell energy when low. Really? Just buy the hot ticket of the day. I remember when the same "experts" recommended tech in 1999 and oil in 2007.
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  • Robert Roby 2015-07-27 11:48:04 AM
    these are the people that I call the Dream Snatchers and unfortunately cannot be regulated.
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