MONTREAL, Jan. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - In conjunction with the RRSP season,
Laurentian Bank is presenting the forecasts for 2011 of its Chief
Economist, Mr. Carlos Leitao. The Bank is advising investors and savers
to periodically review their investor profile in order to take into
account how economic activity is evolving and the specific
repercussions this evolution has on their personal financial strategy.
U.S. Economy to Set the Tone in 2011
According to Carlos Leitao, the improved economic situation in the
United States, which remains the world's greatest economic power, will
determine the tone for the global outlook. It will also create an
environment ripe for investment. "Two significant events occurred at
the end of 2010 that generated significant momentum for the American
economy," explains Mr. Leitao. "The first was a new wave of
quantitative easing, known under the acronym of QE2, which was announced in November. The second was the prolongation in
December of the Bush era's tax relief. These two interventions will
serve to accelerate economic growth."
Quantitative easing in the order of hundreds of billions of dollars and
extended tax relief will inject immense sums into the American economy.
On the other hand, these two initiatives are expected to have major
repercussions on the country's budget deficit. Based on Mr. Leitao's
forecasts, the rate of growth in the U.S. should reach 3-3.5% in 2011.
"The stock market, which posted a strong finish in 2010, should be a
major beneficiary of these measures in 2011," predicts Mr. Leitao. "In
the wake of the sluggishness that prevailed during the months of July
and August due primarily to the concern over sovereign debts in Europe,
the tone has changed over the past few months and confidence has begun
to reappear. As such, we anticipate that the economic environment in
2011 will be quite favourable for investment."
Markets on the Move
Other factors holding promise for the stock market in 2011 are the
absence of recession and the ongoing decline of the bond market, which
is becoming less attractive. In view of how hard the stocks of American
companies were hit in early 2010, they certainly have greater potential
this year within the context of a market that is also proving to be
more liquid and diversified. Thus, Canadian investors are well advised
to consider American securities. "With the increased value of the
dollar," emphasizes Mr. Leitao, "Canadian investors can now take
advantage of a greater lever effect to purchase foreign assets."
In addition to recommending stock as an asset category and the U.S. as a
prime geographic market, Carlos Leitao favours the securities of large
corporations above all. "Blue chip securities are the most promising,"
he underlines, "particularly those of companies that offer products and
services related to industrial and computer equipment. What should be
avoided are the consumer staples and discretionary consumption sectors.
The priority should be to consider companies that are leaders in their
markets and that pay dividends."
Because the recession had less of an impact on companies than on banks
or consumers, they are in a better position to make major investments
in their equipment. Moreover, investors whose portfolios are comprised
essentially of Canadian securities are better off to maintain their
weighting, which generally favours the finance and resources sectors.
About Laurentian Bank
Laurentian Bank of Canada is a banking institution operating across
Canada and offering its clients diversified financial services.
Distinguishing itself through excellence in service, as well as through
its simplicity and proximity, the Bank serves individual consumers and
small and medium-sized businesses. The Bank also offers its products to
a wide network of independent financial intermediaries through B2B
Trust, as well as full-service brokerage solutions through Laurentian
Laurentian Bank is well established in the Province of Quebec, operating
the third-largest retail branch network. Elsewhere throughout Canada,
it operates in specific market segments where it holds an enviable
position. Laurentian Bank of Canada has more than $23 billion in
balance sheet assets and more than $15 billion in assets under
administration. Founded in 1846, the Bank employs more than 3,600
SOURCE LAURENTIAN BANK OF CANADA
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