5 from 5i: Peter Hodson: Five reasons I am getting back in the portfolio management game after nearly a decade off

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Market View

A renewed optimism that COVID vaccines will revive fuel demand supported oil prices this week. Earlier this week, AstraZeneca announced another weapon against the COVID-19 by announcing a 90% effective vaccine, which is potentially cheaper, and easier to scale and distribute compared to other peers. The US dollar steadied while gold prices dropped. The Canadian dollar was 77.05. U.S. S&P500 ended the week up 1.6%, while the TSX ended the week up 1.7%.

It was a week of more greens than red. Healthcare and energy rose the highest, by 10% and 8.4%, respectively. Technology gained 3.3%, while consumer discretionary and utilities grew 1.5%, each. Industrials ended the week flat while materials slid 1.2%. The most heavily traded shares by volume were Bombardier Inc, Score Media and Gaming Inc, and Aurora Cannabis.

5 from 5i

Here are five reads we found interesting last week:

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