David Burrows, president and chief investment strategist at Barometer Capital Management

Focus: North American large caps
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MARKET OUTLOOK
“We have a pretty strong belief that we have been in a secular bull market for equities that really got underway in 2013 when we took out the 2000 highs in the U.S. And so the backdrop is we probably have a pretty persistent rising market for quite a long period of time, of course with interruptions. We ended a correction in February 2016, which probably opened the window to two to three years of pretty low-volatility markets, and that’s been the case and that’s been pretty consistent — not without pullbacks, but three to four per cent pullbacks. Seasonally, July, August, [and] September [are the] three toughest months of the year. Interesting though that the month of July [has been] much better than seasonal, and historically if July is good, then August and September [will be] less volatile than typical, and that has been the case so far, [although] that doesn’t mean you get no volatility. So we’ve seen over the last three to four weeks in equity markets around the world, the work that we do around risk has shown an uptick in risk as breadth, or the percentage of stocks doing well, has been deteriorating. So that always causes us to get a little bit more cautious, and we’ve been very bullish really since February [2016]. So we have a little bit of cash in our portfolios currently. Frankly, I don’t expect significant downside. I think that you could see, over the next month or two, three to five per cent. But given the fact that July was as strong as it was, and given the fact that the economic data is improving and the earnings have been very, very good, I wouldn’t hold my breath and expect that kind of pullback, but I think it’s possible.”

TOP PICKS

David Burrows' Top Picks

David Burrows, President and Chief Investment Strategist, Barometer Capital Management discusses his Top Picks: Rio Tinto, Fortive Corp. and E*Trade Financial.

RIO TINTO (RIO.N) – Bought on July 31, 2017 at $47.39

FORTIVE (FTV.N) – Bought on August 2, 2017 at $65.75

E*TRADE FINANCIAL (ETFC.O) – Bought June 9, 2017 at $37.25
 

DISCLOSURE PERSONAL FAMILY PORTFOLIO/FUND
RIO Y Y Y
FTV Y Y Y
ETFC Y Y Y


PAST PICKS: SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

David Burrows' Past Picks

David Burrows, President and Chief Investment Strategist, Barometer Capital Management discusses his Past Picks: Texas Instruments, Oclaro and Seven Generations Energy.

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC. (TXN.O) – Bought on July 19, 2016 at $64.98

  • Then: $67.45
  • Now: $82.34
  • Return: 22.07%
  • Total Return: 25.29%

OCLARO (OCLR.O) – Bought on September 6, 2016 at $8.58

  • Then: $8.23
  • Now: $8.41
  • Return: 2.26%
  • Total Return: 2.26%

SEVEN GENERATIONS ENERGY (VII.TO) – Bought on August 11, 2016 at $28.50

  • Then: $30.85
  • Now: $17.61
  • Return: -42.91%
  • Total Return: -42.91%

TOTAL RETURN AVERAGE: -5.12%
 

DISCLOSURE PERSONAL FAMILY PORTFOLIO/FUND
TXN N N N
OCLR N N N
VII N N N


FUND PROFILE: BAROMETER TACTICAL BALANCED POOL CLASS F

PERFORMANCE AS OF JULY 31, 2017:

  • 1 month: Fund* -0.5%, Index** -0.6%
  • 1 year: Fund* 7.8%, Index** 3.6%
  • 3 years: Fund* 7.6%, Index** 3.1%

* Based on reinvested dividends and net of fees
** Globe Tactical Balanced Peer Index


TOP HOLDINGS AND WEIGHTINGS

  1. Hydro One Convertible Receipt: 3.9%
  2. Air Canada: 3.9%
  3. Apple: 3.6%
  4. Microsoft: 3.2
  5. Teck Resources: 3.0%


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