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Market Commentary

May 2024 Update

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Stocks consolidated their recent gains last month, reaching what we believe to be a near-term low in mid-April. Our analysis of various measures of volatility and options trading suggests a climax in selling occurred, likely exaggerated by U.S. investors selling stocks ahead of their April 15 tax deadline. This presents an opportune moment to deploy new cash, particularly as high-quality growth companies, and those with the largest gains year-to-date, were most affected. The strength witnessed in the first quarter’s trading reinforces our belief that we may see another year of double-digit performance gains in the indices by year-end.

Our optimism is underpinned by supportive fiscal policies driving growth, notably in the U.S. Strong consumer spending and robust employment figures further bolster our confidence. While some argue that this economic strength stems solely from government intervention rather than private sector growth, we maintain that growth from fiscal sources is just as valuable. In fact, government-led growth, detached from the fluctuations of a business and credit cycle, may prove to be more stable and enduring in the long run compared to the credit-dependent private sector booms and busts we’ve grown accustomed to over the last 50 years. As such, we believe the economic data emerging over the last few years aligns with the early stages of a paradigm shift towards a new model of government-led growth. That is, going forward we should expect more, and not less, government intervention.

Looking ahead to the upcoming November election, while the two candidates are expected to run distinct and polarizing campaign platforms, there is a notable commonality – both have endorsed expanding deficit spending in the past. We anticipate this messaging will persist in the months ahead, potentially injecting more money into the economy.

We believe high quality stocks are the best hedge to such a massive amount of government spending.

Model Portfolio Highlights

Growth Portfolio
We made no changes in April.

American Growth Portfolio
In April we sold Accenture and Edwards Lifesciences, replacing the positions with higher quality companies Moody’s Corp and Veeva Systems.

Income Portfolio
We made no changes to the holdings in April. We continue to hold high quality U.S. and global growth companies.

Small Cap Portfolio
We made no changes in April.

Across all portfolios we look for mispriced opportunities, considering only those with a significant margin of safety and minimal risk of permanent capital loss. After identifying such opportunities, patience is the most important factor in realizing our expected long term return.

If you have any questions about your portfolio, financial planning or investments please be in touch.

Thank you.



Ben W. Kizemchuk
Portfolio Manager & Investment Advisor
Wellington-Altus Private Wealth

Office: 416.369.3024
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Ben Kizemchuk offers full-service wealth management for high-net-worth Canadians including families, business owners, and successful professionals. Ben and his team provide investment advice, financial planning, tax minimization strategies, and retirement planning.


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