Posted by Mark Jasayko, CFA, Portfolio Manager

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McIver Wealth Management Consulting Group / Richardson GMP Limited
BMO 7 Year Chart – Down, Up, …

Just as BMO (Bank of Montreal) had regained the pre-crisis 2007 highs (see chart above), an earnings report that looked good on the surface has hit the stock.

We continue to hold the stock for now. However, the BMO results may indicate a sea change in the direction of Canadian bank stocks as a whole. Even though the economy has been aided by low interest rates, things are getting punch-drunk on the liquidity and the absence of new economic growth catalysts (especially with China fading) is making it more difficult for financial services companies to find new solid areas of opportunity.

Bank of Montreal (BMO) is held in the McIver-Jasayko Model Portfolios as of December 3 2013. Comments about BMO are not intended as advice and do not constitute a recommendation to buy, sell, or hold.

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Richardson is a trade-mark of James Richardson & Sons, Limited. GMP is a registered trade-mark of GMP Securities L.P. Both used under license by Richardson GMP Limited.