Simon Kronenfeld is well-experienced in analyzing stocks across North American markets. Recently he has turned his attention to the Toronto Stock Exchange in particular. Although less liquid than US exchanges, there remains strong potential for reliable returns if you know your way around the TSX. Spotting the stocks with the potential to survive and thrive in changing times will be a key skill in 2021.
Simon Kronenfeld dwells upon three companies that are performing well on the TSX in 2021.
- Goeasy Ltd: Goeasy’s success is a reflection of the wider financial sector in general. The company primarily offers loans for home appliances and furniture through their easyHome and easyFinancial divisions.
The company has issued around $5 billion in loans to date, and they continue to help Canadian borrower’s build their credit scores, with 60% of customers increasing their credit scores within a year. Despite the pandemic, the company’s stocks have continued to deliver great returns over the last year. In fact, its share prices have risen 210% since August 2020. Considering the wider economy, Goeasy is looking like a sound investment for the future.
- TFI International: TFI International had some negative news at the start of the year as its stock prices slipped, but they have bounced back to triple the value of that period. These temporary dips are not a major obstacle for smart companies with the right plan.
TFI International is a logistics company with over 500 access points across North America. This company covers all the major sectors of the industry, including Package and Courier, Truckload, and Logistics, and provides more than 31,000 jobs.
The company recently acquired UPS’s Less-Than-Truckload freight service, which has led to a major transformation in their revenue distribution. Now the company predicts 75% of their revenue to come from the US market, where there is more growth potential. Simon expects to see long-term growth and value from this one, despite the stock price boost it has already experienced.
The company has made major improvements to its efficiency following the acquisition, putting it on the right path to make further inroads into the US market.
- Shopify: Shopify is the most widely-used e-commerce marketing platform, used by small businesses and major operations alike to create online stores and sell products, thanks to its streamlined design process and in-built payment platform.
Business was already booming for Shopify before the pandemic, and the shift towards online shopping in the last year has only served to compound its successes. As a result, it has experience growth of 32% in the last year, and Simon expects this trend to continue.
Simon Kronenfeld is not only a businessman, he is also a business expert in today’s world. He founded the company Electronic Liquidators Inc. in 1999 and paving the way for many opportunities as he sold it and made his way into real estate. Now after 2 decades, Simon Kronenfeld is a real estate mastermind who plans to build luxury housing by the beach. If we think about what the driving force behind Simon Kronenfeld’s success has been, we can say that it is his self-motivation to do better.
Big Six banks expand investment offerings – Wealth Professional
“ZMMK provides a solution for investors looking for a liquidity sleeve, or a place to hold their cash as they assess the market for other investments,” Mark Raes, head of Product at BMO Global Asset Management, said in a statement.
Meanwhile, CIBC has again expanded its lineup of Canadian Depositary Receipts (CDRs), which offer an affordable way to invest in some of the world’s largest companies with a built-in notional currency hedge, with eight new listings on the NEO Exchange.
The new CDRs include:
- Advanced Micro Devices Canadian Depositary Receipts (CAD Hedged) – AMD
- Berkshire Hathaway Canadian Depositary Receipts (CAD Hedged) – BRK (underlying shares Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B Common Stock (NYSE: BRK.B))
- Costco Canadian Depositary Receipts (CAD Hedged) – COST
- Salesforce.com Canadian Depositary Receipts (CAD Hedged) – CRM
- IBM Canadian Depositary Receipts (CAD Hedged) – IBM
- JPMorgan Canadian Depositary Receipts (CAD Hedged) – JPM
- Mastercard Canadian Depositary Receipts (CAD Hedged) – MA
- Pfizer Canadian Depositary Receipts (CAD Hedged) – PFE
They join 10 other CDRs that were launched on NEO in July and October. According to NEO, the average number of client trades in CDRs grew from around 700 per day in September to roughly 5,500 since the start of November. The CDRs on the exchange have also continued to track their underlying stocks precisely even during highly volatile periods.
“We are pleased with the reception we’ve seen so far for CDRs with Canadian investors. It’s clear this meets a need in the market,” said Elliott Scherer, managing director and head of Sales, Wealth Solutions Group, CIBC Capital Markets. “This expansion of our CDR offering provides greater opportunity for investors to diversify their portfolio without being exposed to currency risk at a fraction of the price per share.”
TSX rallies as dividend increases help underpin financial shares
Canada‘s main stock index rebounded on Thursday from a seven-week low hit in the previous session, with financials contributing to broad-based gains as major lenders boosted their dividends.
The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index ended up 297.43 points, or 1.45%, at 20,762.03, after posting on Wednesday its lowest close since Oct. 12.
Wall Street also rallied as market participants snapped up bargains while digesting the implications of a shifting pandemic. The Omicron variant has spooked investors for about a week.
“The market is awaiting confirmation on the severity of the new COVID-19 variant, the degree to which it escapes existing vaccines, and how infectious it is given this will likely dictate the global response in terms of restrictions,” said Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell.
Financials, which account for about 30% of the Toronto market’s value, gained 2.2%. Toronto-Dominion Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce joined rivals in announcing higher dividends and share repurchases.
TD rose 4.9%, while CIBC ended down 2.8% after missing profit estimates as costs climbed.
All 11 major sectors ended higher.
The energy sector advanced 1.8% as oil prices rebounded after OPEC+ stuck to its policy of incrementally boosting output. U.S. crude oil futures settled 1.4% higher at $66.50 a barrel.
Consumer cyclical stocks gained 2.4%, helped by gains for Restaurant Brands International Inc and Magna International Inc.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government will outline limited new spending in a fiscal update to be released later this month, a source said, as inflation soars and some business groups and opposition politicians call for restraint.
(Reporting by Fergal Smith; Additional reporting by Amal S in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Cooney)
Metaverse won’t be turning point in cryptocurrency adoption, investor Chesnais says
The growth of online virtual worlds will help advance the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies for payment transactions but it won’t be a game-changer, according to Frédéric Chesnais, chief executive of French fintech company Crypto Blockchain Industries.
In blockchain-based 3D virtual worlds, often referred to as metaverses, users can purchase and trade virtual assets and services using cryptocurrencies. Some analysts have argued the growing popularity of metaverses will drive an explosion in digital tokens.
“I think it will be important but I don’t think this is the key turning point,” Chesnais, who was until earlier this year the CEO of videogame company Atari told a Reuters NEXT panel on Thursday.
Interest in the metaverse exploded after Facebook said in October it was changing its name to Meta and would be focusing on building its own virtual world. Other big companies and smaller fintechs are also rushing to develop digital worlds.
Crypto Blockchain Industries invests in blockchain projects and is developing AlphaVerse, a blockchain-based metaverse.
Chesnais said that the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies will be driven by the more than one billion people globally who do not have access to a bank account because they may not have an address or an official identity.
“The only way for these people to have access to a better way of life and be part of the economic system is to have a wallet and to be paid in cryptocurrency,” he said.
“This is the most important moment for crypto.”
On Wednesday, Yat Siu, the chairman and co-founder Animoca Brands — which invests in and builds various virtual worlds — cautioned that while digital assets are set to grow as virtual worlds become more popular, investors in these technologies will face “bumps in the road” as the technologies mature.
(Reporting by Michelle Price; Editing by Nick Zieminski)
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