- Macro scenario for 2018. Global purchasing managers’ index [PMI] momentum moderating, EPS growth slowing to high single digits, and yields rising. Recession probabilities remain low; inflation upside could spark volatility.
- U.S. 10-year Treasury yields. Upside risk to fair value above 3%, core consumer price index (CPI) up >2% (1.8% now).
- U.S. dollar: more modest losses in 2018 (U.S. Dollar Index [DXY] -10% in 2017). DXY range of 90-95 (now 92) as U.S.-EU yield spreads narrow. C$ trades around US$0.80 in 1H/18.
- WTI crude oil averaging >US$58/bbl in 2018; Gold benefits from fading PMIs in 2H/18.
- Recommended asset mix. Equities > Bonds preference intact, but with declining conviction. Rising yields + fading PMIs = less-attractive equity risk/reward outlook.
Tax planning should perform two functions: reduce your taxes while you are alive, as well as after you die. Permanent life insurance enables to cover both bases at once:
- You can transfer your assets into the policy, income and estate tax free.
- You can build up tax-deferred growth of cash inside the policy.
When people think about insurance, they generally envision how it will help those they leave behind. It can let you pay for a child’s future college education, provide a retirement fund for your spouse, or simply make sure your survivors have the money to live the lifestyle you want for them.