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The British are leaving, the British are leaving!

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Paul Revere was best known throughout history as the rider for Boston’s Committee of Safety in 1775.  His devised system of lanterns to warn the minutemen of a British invasion was the warning John Hancock and Samuel Adams needed to start the American Revolution.

Fast-forward to June 24, 2016.  Is history repeating itself?  As the Brexit vote creates uncertainty in the global economy, is this a warning of opportunity for North American, specifically, American equities?

I am not suggesting that North American companies are immune from the changes in the European Union, I am only making the observation that throughout the history of geo-political events, equity markets react negatively in the short-term and positively in the long-term. 

When building an investment portfolio, many professionals agree that it is better to buy an asset when the cost is low.  So, will Britain leaving the European Union increase the price of assets in your portfolio?  If the answer is no, then perhaps it is a good time to explore this buying opportunity with your advisor.

Jason Claringbold

  • Financial Advisor, Manulife Securities Investment Services Inc.

  • Managing Partner, FBMI Wealth Services Inc.

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