BMO - Bank of Montreal

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
79.42
+0.14 (+0.18%)
At close: 4:02PM EST
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Previous Close79.28
Open79.36
Bid79.41 x 900
Ask79.42 x 1100
Day's Range79.19 - 79.50
52 Week Range66.42 - 79.50
Volume371,063
Avg. Volume605,598
Market Cap50.866B
Beta (5Y Monthly)1.11
PE Ratio (TTM)12.93
EPS (TTM)6.14
Earnings DateN/A
Forward Dividend & Yield3.19 (4.01%)
Ex-Dividend DateJan 29, 2020
1y Target Est85.95
  • Bond-Market Jolt Will Have to Wait Ahead of Central-Bank Bonanza
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    Bond-Market Jolt Will Have to Wait Ahead of Central-Bank Bonanza

    (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Treasuries are stuck in the biggest rut in months, with yields plying tight ranges and a round of central-bank meetings ahead unlikely to offer a lasting jolt.Volatility in the world’s borrowing benchmark is the lowest since May, and the 10-year Treasury yield is hovering mere basis points above its average since July. That’s even after absorbing the following this month: a flareup in Mideast tensions, the signing of a long-awaited U.S.-China trade deal, confirmation that American inflation remains tame amid solid growth, and a record-setting run in stocks.Traders hoping for a catalyst to shake the bond world out of its doldrums may focus on central-bank decisions by month-end from Japan, Canada, the euro region, the U.S., and the U.K. However, all but possibly the Bank of England are seen as staying on hold.A variety of offsetting forces are “taking the malaise in Treasuries and apathy expressed in rates toward the end of last year and pulling them into 2020,” says Scott Kimball, a portfolio manager for the fixed-income unit of BMO Global Asset Management. “It has to be a pretty big catalyst to break through in either direction.”The 10-year Treasury yields about 1.82%. Its six-month average: 1.77%. Its climb to this month’s peak of 1.94% drew eager buyers, and it hasn’t been below 1.7% in that period.Of the major central banks convening by the end of January, Kimball sees the Federal Reserve as having the most market-moving risk because of the chance officials could offer a surprisingly hawkish view, given the strength of the economy. Traders expect that policy makers’ next rate move, if any, will probably be a cut later this year.The Fed’s signaling that it intends to keep rates steady, even after the U.S.-China trade deal, is supporting all assets, including Treasuries, says Jason Ware, managing director and head of institutional trading at 280 Securities.“Unless the Fed becomes more hawkish, it’s status quo for the immediate future: Low volatility and high valuations on assets,” he said. “We’re probably not going to get anything that’s going to create volatility in this next round of meetings.”What to WatchIn a holiday-shortened week, highlights in the economic figures include housing data, as the Fed’s communications blackout begins before its Jan. 28-29 meeting.Here’s the economic calendar:Jan. 22: MBA mortgage applications; Chicago Fed national activity index; FHFA house price index; existing home salesJan. 23: Jobless claims; Bloomberg consumer confort; leading index; Kansas City Fed manufacturing indexJan. 24: Markit U.S. purchasing managers’ indexesThere are no Fed speechesAnd the auction schedule:Jan. 21: $42 billion of 13-week bills; $36 billion of 26-week billsJan. 23: 4-, 8-week bills; 10-year TIPS reopeningTo contact the reporter on this story: Vivien Lou Chen in San Francisco at vchen1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Benjamin Purvis at bpurvis@bloomberg.net, Mark Tannenbaum, Debarati RoyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • CNW Group

    BMO Announces Indigenous Advisory Council with Indigenous Leaders from Across Canada

    TORONTO , Jan. 16, 2020 /CNW/ - BMO Financial Group has established an Indigenous Advisory Council with members from Indigenous communities across Canada . The Council will support further education and awareness, provide input on policies and practices, and build on BMO's long-term commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Moody's

    Master Credit Card Trust II, Series 2020-1 -- Moody's assigns provisional ratings to Master Credit Card Trust II 2020-1 ABS

    Moody's Investors Service, (Moody's) has assigned a provisional (P)Aaa (sf) rating to the Class A Notes, a provisional (P)Aa3 (sf) rating to the Class B Notes, and a provisional (P)Baa1 (sf) to the Class C Notes of the Series 2020-1 to be issued by Master Credit Card Trust II, (the trust), sponsored by Bank of Montreal (BMO, long-term deposits/long-term senior unsecured Aa2 stable, long-term CR assessment Aa2(cr), short-term deposit P-1, and BCA a3). The ratings are based on the quality of the underlying credit card receivables, the expertise of BMO as servicer, the transaction's legal and structural protections including early amortization trigger events, the credit enhancement provided by the subordinate Class B and Class C notes in the 2020-1 series, and the likelihood of the sponsor becoming insolvent and shutting down its credit card portfolio.

  • Fed Announces Plans For Repo Operations Through to Mid-February
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    Fed Announces Plans For Repo Operations Through to Mid-February

    (Bloomberg) -- The Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Tuesday announced plans to conduct repurchase agreement operations through until at least Feb. 13, although the size of term operations will be trimmed to $30 billion from the start of next month. The central bank did not elaborate on plans beyond that.The move extends a program that has been in place since it stepped in to combat funding-market turmoil in September, but indicates the central bank may have one eye on the exit.It announced plans to conduct a series of term repo operations from Jan. 16 through Jan. 30 of $35 billion apiece, in line with the most recent similar actions. Those scheduled from Feb. 4 to Feb. 13 will have a maximum offering size of $30 billion. The newly scheduled operations will provide liquidity through to Feb. 27. The maximum size of the central bank’s daily overnight operations, meanwhile, will be kept steady at $120 billion. These are slated to continue until Feb. 13, according to the New York Fed.“This is consistent with our assumption that the Fed will back off slowly and make sure not to rock the funding boat,” said BMO rate strategist Jon Hill.The Fed has been conducting repo offerings and Treasury-bill purchases in a bid to keep control of short-term interest rates and bolster bank reserves. That has calmed markets since the September spike that took overnight repo rates as high as 10% and helped to quell concerns about a potential cash crunch at the end of December 2019.In the minutes from December Federal Open Market Committee released last week, Lorie Logan, manager, of the System Open Market Account, said January’s calendar could reflect a “gradual reduction” in offerings, though indicated that some repos might be needed at least through April, when tax payments will reduce reserve levels.“We had thought the Fed would proceed in a very gradual manner in which they’re trying to do no harm and that’s exactly what they’re doing,” said Mark Cabana, head of U.S. interest rate strategy at Bank of America. He also raised the possibility that the Fed might tweak its interest on excess reserves rate, which could have knock-on effects for repo operation rates and usage.Some in the market have already been speculating about the possibility of a move in IOER, one of the tools that the central bank uses to help control its main benchmark, the fed funds rate. The effective fed funds rate, which the Fed focuses on to implement monetary policy, has moved closer to the lower bound of its target range, increasing the prospect that the central bank will adjust IOER.If the central bank opts to raise IOER, that should also lift the rate on the repo operations as well, according to Cabana.The Fed also announced Tuesday that it planned to keep unchanged the pace of Treasury purchases it conducts. The central bank will buy $60 billion a month of Treasury bills for reserve management and $20 billion a month of Treasuries of various types for reinvestment purchases, according to the New York branch’s website.(Updates throughout, adds comment.)\--With assistance from Emily Barrett and Debarati Roy.To contact the reporter on this story: Alexandra Harris in New York at aharris48@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Benjamin Purvis at bpurvis@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Gold Falls Again as Demand for Havens Wanes
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    Gold Falls Again as Demand for Havens Wanes

    (Bloomberg) -- Gold futures declined, extending its retreat from a six-year high last week as the soon-to-be clinched U.S.-China trade pact undercuts the case for havens. Palladium hit a fresh record.Comex gold have lost about 1% this week and analysts including those at ABN Amro Bank NV and BMO Capital Markets predict prices may decline further ahead of the signing on Wednesday. The shift has been reflected in an outflow of holdings from exchange-traded funds, which fell more than 20 tons over the four sessions to Monday, the most in a four-day period since November. “Investors who bought gold for the trade uncertainty will likely take profit,” said ABN Amro strategist Georgette Boele.Gold futures, which briefly rose above $1,600 an ounce last week during the U.S.-Iranian standoff, lost ground for a second session, with the February contract falling 0.4% to settle at $1,544.60 an ounce at 13:30 on the Comex in New York.Prices could decline toward $1,525 or even lower as risk-on sentiment returns to the market, said BMO analyst Colin Hamilton.The recent declines come after the rally had pushed the metal’s 14-day relative-strength index to levels that signaled the advance could run out of steam.“The gold price is no longer overbought as it seems,” Carsten Fritsch, an analyst at Commerzbank, said by phone Tuesday. “We’re still in correction mode after the very strong increase early in the year and in late 2019.” That correction is being driven by continued bullish sentiment across the financial markets amid anticipation of the phase-one trade deal between the U.S and China, he said.In other precious metals, silver also declined on the Comex, while palladium and platinum rose on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In the spot market, palladium gained for a ninth session, hitting a fresh record of $2,191.64 an ounce.\--With assistance from Justina Vasquez and Maria Elena Vizcaino.To contact the reporters on this story: Elena Mazneva in London at emazneva@bloomberg.net;Ranjeetha Pakiam in Singapore at rpakiam@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lynn Thomasson at lthomasson@bloomberg.net, Joe Richter, Christine BuurmaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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    BMO Asset Management Inc. Announces Index Change for ZTL, Changes to Risk Ratings for Certain BMO ETF Listings and Clarification of Investment Objectives and Strategies for Certain BMO ETFs

    BMO Asset Management Inc. Announces Index Change for ZTL, Changes to Risk Ratings for Certain BMO ETF Listings and Clarification of Investment Objectives and Strategies for Certain BMO ETFs

  • Bank of Montreal (BMO) is a Top Dividend Stock Right Now: Should You Buy?
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    Bank of Montreal (BMO) is a Top Dividend Stock Right Now: Should You Buy?

    Dividends are one of the best benefits to being a shareholder, but finding a great dividend stock is no easy task. Does Bank of Montreal (BMO) have what it takes? Let's find out.

  • 3 Top Dividend Stocks to Maximize Your Retirement Income - January 13, 2020
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    3 Top Dividend Stocks to Maximize Your Retirement Income - January 13, 2020

    The traditional ways to plan for your retirement may mean income can no longer cover expenses post-employment. But what if there was another option that could provide a steady, reliable source of income in your nest egg years?

  • Gold Declines After Trump’s Comments on Iran Ease War Tensions
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    Gold Declines After Trump’s Comments on Iran Ease War Tensions

    (Bloomberg) -- Gold prices fell after President Donald Trump said Iran “seems to be standing down,” easing fears of further hostilities that spurred the metal’s earlier rally.Trump said no Americans were harmed by an Iranian missile attack on U.S. bases in Iraq early Wednesday. Iran’s restraint and Trump’s measured remarks in response suggest a path toward easing tensions with Tehran, which surged after the killing of a top general, Qassem Soleimani.The precious metal earlier climbed above $1,600 an ounce, extending its rally to a six-year high, after Iran launched more than a dozen missiles at U.S.-Iraqi airbases. Palladium also soared to a fresh record.Read the latest news and updates on Iran hereGold’s decline “is a reaction to the Iranian attack that now appears clearly to be a de-escalation, and Trump’s team seems to be clearly reading it that way,” said Tai Wong, the head of metals derivatives trading at BMO Capital Markets.Gold futures for February delivery fell 0.9% to settle at $1,560.20 an ounce at 1:30 p.m. on the Comex in New York, snapping a 10-day advance with the largest drop in a month. A Bloomberg Intelligence gauge of big producers of the precious metal fell 1%.“Gold essentially responded to risk-off environments,” Bart Melek, head of commodity strategy at TD Securities, said by phone on Wednesday, before Trump’s statement. “No American lives were lost, and the president was quite clear that if American lives were lost we would retaliate.”Bullion’s blistering start to the year has been driven by the rising hostilities in the Middle East. Before that, the metal was already rallying as the Federal Reserve eased policy last year, governments added gold to reserves, and holdings in exchange-traded funds rose.Silver futures also fell on the Comex, while platinum slid on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Palladium futures rose 2.3% to $2,061.40 an ounce after reaching $2,068.50, a record for a most-active contract.\--With assistance from Yvonne Man, Ranjeetha Pakiam and Elena Mazneva.To contact the reporter on this story: Justina Vasquez in New York at jvasquez57@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Luzi Ann Javier at ljavier@bloomberg.net, Joe RichterFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Canadian Banks May Restructure Operations to Aid 2020 Earnings
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    Canadian Banks May Restructure Operations to Aid 2020 Earnings

    Toronto-Dominion (TD) and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM) will likely incur restructuring charges in fiscal 2020 to drive earnings growth, while other Canadian banks might not.

  • Canada's TD, CIBC say restructuring possible in 2020 as RBC, BMO say no more cuts
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    Canada's TD, CIBC say restructuring possible in 2020 as RBC, BMO say no more cuts

    Toronto Dominion Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce chief executives declined to rule out restructuring charges on Tuesday as Canadian banks turn to controlling costs to drive earnings growth in what is expected to be a tough year. Royal Bank of Canada's chief executive, meanwhile, said its focus will be on eliminating unproductive activities rather than employees, while Bank of Montreal's CEO acknowledged "restructure fatigue" after the lender's repeated one-off charges over several reporting periods. The executives spoke at RBC Capital Markets' Canadian Bank CEO conference, which was webcast and monitored by Reuters.

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    RBC has no plans to take any restructuring charges: CEO

    Royal Bank of Canada has no plan to take any restructuring charges, Chief Executive Officer Dave McKay said on Tuesday, following a C$357 million ($274.7 million) charge that Bank of Montreal took in the fourth quarter. "If we were to take a restructuring charge, we would have taken it in Q4," McKay said at the RBC Canadian Bank CEO conference.

  • Is Now The Time To Put Bank of Montreal (TSE:BMO) On Your Watchlist?
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    Is Now The Time To Put Bank of Montreal (TSE:BMO) On Your Watchlist?

    Like a puppy chasing its tail, some new investors often chase 'the next big thing', even if that means buying 'story...

  • Ex-New York Fed Boss Says It’s Time to Overhaul Repo Toolkit
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    Ex-New York Fed Boss Says It’s Time to Overhaul Repo Toolkit

    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.William Dudley, who used to oversee the Federal Reserve’s interaction with financial markets, said the central bank should introduce a long-discussed but never implemented tool to ensure U.S. cash markets remain calm.In a column published Monday by Bloomberg Opinion, the Fed Bank of New York’s former president recommended creating a standing repurchase-agreement facility, joining a chorus of proponents. It should be open, he argued, to a broad set of counterparties and accept Treasury and agency mortgaged-backed securities as collateral.“Such a facility would effectively cap repo rates,” Dudley wrote. “It would also address the potential problem of the Fed providing liquidity to primary dealers but primary dealers not lending the funds to other market participants that might need short-term repo financing.”Fed Needs to Look Forward, Not Retreat to the Past: Bill DudleyA standing repo facility would let participants convert securities into cash on demand, helping keep short-term rates stable by limiting the potential for sudden cash shortages.Dudley proposed other overhauls to the Fed’s monetary policy toolkit, including “de-emphasizing the federal funds rate” as the central bank’s main policy benchmark. His contribution to the debate comes as John Williams, who succeeded Dudley in 2018, and other central bankers contemplate how to keep short-term funding markets under control following the chaos seen in mid-September.Rates for repurchase agreements, which surged to 10% from around 2% during the turmoil, have since returned to normal, but not without major Fed intervention. And it remains unclear whether the central bank can extract itself without problems resurfacing. Dudley, for his part, isn’t worried about larger implications.“The spike in the fall was not a ‘canary in the coal mine’ signaling bigger problems in the financial system,” Dudley wrote. “Instead, it reflects the difficulty in forecasting the demand for reserves given the changes in regulations.”The Fed’s authority to pay interest on reserves allows it to maintain control of short-term interest rates even with a lot of excess reserves, Dudley wrote. This is “far better” than the pre-financial-crisis rate-control regime of that saw the Fed having to intervene via open-market operations on a high-frequency basis, he said in an interview on Bloomberg Radio. A standing repo facility will improve the new regime, and the Fed could communicate more clearly about it, he said.“The markets and the Fed need to embrace a modern operating framework,” said BMO strategist Jon Hill, who supports the idea of a standing facility. It’s worth pausing and studying to make sure we get it right, but the Fed needs to decide on some of these big questions.”Dudley isn’t the only person to endorse a standing repo facility. Two other former Fed officials, Brian Sack and Joseph Gagnon, wrote in a September blog post that one should be implemented, continuing a campaign they began years ago when they worked at the central bank. Less than two weeks after the mid-September repo turmoil, former Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota endorsed the idea in a Bloomberg Opinion column.“Pointing out that the old system is bad isn’t that ground-breaking,” said Blake Gwinn, a rates strategist at NatWest Markets. “The Fed committed to an ample reserves regime a long time ago. Now it’s a question of how you can most efficiently do that.” Gwinn said he’s not convinced that a standing repo facility is necessary and that he’s “lukewarm” about the prospect.Current Fed policy makers have discussed the merits of such a tool, and it was brought up at the December Federal Open Market Committee meeting as something to discuss at a future gathering.“That’s an intriguing idea,” said Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester, speaking Friday about a standing repo facility during a Bloomberg TV interview. “I would be supportive of the Fed really doing the hard work to assess whether that’s needed going forward,” she added. “But, at this point, we can take our time there, because things do seem to be settled down in those markets.”The Fed’s overnight repo operation on Monday saw its highest usage since Dec. 5, although that was due to runoff in term offerings and it remained well below the maximum offering level. Overnight repo rates, meanwhile were around 1.55%/1.52% in the New York afternoon, ICAP data showed. Tuesday will see both term and overnight actions from the central bank.(Updates with operation details, repo levels.)To contact the reporters on this story: Alexandra Harris in New York at aharris48@bloomberg.net;Matthew Boesler in New York at mboesler1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Benjamin Purvis at bpurvis@bloomberg.net, ;Alister Bull at abull7@bloomberg.net, Nick BakerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Stock Bulls Vindicated in Early Test of Billion-Dollar Rotation
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    Stock Bulls Vindicated in Early Test of Billion-Dollar Rotation

    (Bloomberg) -- Stock bulls are facing their first big test of 2020, and seem to be emerging unscathed.After one of the best years for risk assets in decades, investors spent the fourth quarter unraveling safety trades that dominated 2019 and piling on risk. But with geopolitical uncertainty quickly rearing up to test their mettle, some began to wonder whether that rotation was premature.There’s certainly a fresh backdrop for this bunch of newly rejiggered portfolios. Just weeks ago, the low-volatility stock trade was losing its allure, flows into fixed-income funds were slowing in relation to equities, and everyone seemed to be rushing into shares that should outperform in an economic rebound. A U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian commander has altered the calculus behind that shift, but -- for now -- investors are holding the course.“People aren’t changing their investment theses based on it,” JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade, said by phone. “They’re going to wait it out a little bit and see what the next escalation point, if there is one, is.”Despite the fiery rhetoric, market reaction so far has been contained. The benchmark’s fallen about half a percentage point from its record highs, after a year in which the S&P 500 Index gained almost 30%. A rebound in economic growth and corporate profits is still widely expected, but with billions of dollars recently shifting from defense to offense, the stakes are high.Investors poured $90 billion into equity ETFs in the three months ended December, the most in two years and more than twice the amount that flocked to bond funds, Bloomberg Intelligence data show. That brought total inflows for stock exchange-traded funds to $161 billion in 2019, and ended three quarters in which debt demand topped appetite for equities.Sector funds tracking technology and energy experienced their best three-month periods since 2016, taking in more cash than any other industry. Meanwhile, bond proxies including consumer staples and utilities ETFs, suffered their first quarter of outflows since the start of 2018.“We’ve gone from ultimate bearishness to essentially euphoria in the last few months,” Mike Dowdall, a portfolio manager at BMO Global Asset Management, which oversees $260 billion, said late December. “It’s a little bit surprising.”Perhaps more surprising is that investors seem to be maintaining their appetite for risk this year, even as tensions in the Middle East ratchet higher.Funds buying oil, energy stocks, gold or Treasuries -- which could all benefit from escalation -- have seen little additional interest. Instead, economically-sensitive areas of the stock market garnered attention, with investors pouring $700 million into the $11.8 billion Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund on Friday, the most for any day since 2016.Granted, that ETF holds defense stocks alongside machinery companies, but investors also flocked to consumer discretionary and financial funds last week. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust -- the world’s largest ETF -- meanwhile saw inflows of $4.6 billion.“The escalation of tensions with Iran warrants close watching,” said Sandip Bhagat, Whittier Trust’s chief investment officer, citing its potential impact on oil prices and global growth. “Even as uncertainty dissipated on several fronts in late 2019, the early days of 2020 have now seen an unexpected spike in geopolitical risks.”While gold prices have jumped in recent days, cash has yet to flood back into ETFs that own the precious metal. Going into the year, appetite for the safety of gold ETFs had soured, with funds tracking the commodity losing cash in the fourth quarter for the first time in over a year.Still, after weeks of underperformance, Todd Rosenbluth, director of ETF research at CFRA Research, sees potential upside for some more conservative strategies, such as those that pick low-volatility stocks.The firm’s equity analysts hold a year-end price target for the S&P 500 of 3,435. That would imply a gain of roughly 6%, far short of last year’s performance, and potentially a boon for funds like the $37 billion iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA ETF, which trades under the ticker USMV.“Given a lower expected return, we think investors will continue to focus on ways to reduce their equity risk profile and USMV is built to do just that,” according to Rosenbluth.(Updates market move in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Sarah Ponczek in New York at sponczek2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jeremy Herron at jherron8@bloomberg.net, Rachel Evans, Rita NazarethFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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    BMO CEO Darryl White to Speak at RBC Capital Markets Canadian Bank CEO Conference

    BMO CEO Darryl White to Speak at RBC Capital Markets Canadian Bank CEO Conference

  • Gold’s December Rally Stays Alive to Seal Best Year Since 2010
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    Gold’s December Rally Stays Alive to Seal Best Year Since 2010

    (Bloomberg) -- Gold climbed to a three-month high to clinch its best annual performance since 2010, as a weaker dollar helped cap a year marked by global economic jitters and trade frictions.Bullion has gained 19% this year as central banks globally embraced looser monetary policy to boost growth. Brexit, unrest in regions from Chile to Hong Kong and buying sprees from key central banks and exchange-traded funds have also helped support prices.Spot gold climbed as much as 0.7% to $1,525.38 an ounce on Tuesday, the highest since Sept. 25. It traded at $1,520.13 at 1:40 p.m. in New York. Gold futures for February delivery rose 0.3% to settle at $1,523.10 on the Comex. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell for a fourth straight session.The metal managed to hold on to gains even after President Donald Trump said he will sign the first phase of a trade deal with China on Jan. 15, easing uncertainty that has fueled haven demand for bullion.“It is not really a surprise” especially after headlines yesterday that China’s Vice-Premier Liu He is coming to Washington to sign the so-called phase-one trade deal, said Tai Wong, the head of metals derivatives trading at BMO Capital Markets.Still, some analysts doubt that gold’s strength will stick next year and JPMorgan Asset Management cautioned that bullion may not offer sound portfolio protection.“There are very few certain environments in which gold does well, and it’s not necessarily the case that 2020 won’t be any of those,” Hannah Anderson, a global market strategist at JPMorgan, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “In the next downturn, I do believe that bonds still could be defensive assets.”JPMorgan has come out this month to make the case for a risk-on investment allocation for 2020 as the global economy gathers momentum in the wake of the recent slowdown. On Tuesday, data showed China’s manufacturing sector continued to expand output in December, adding to evidence that the world’s second-largest economy is stabilizing.Commentary out of China and the U.S. suggest that both countries are committed to their phase-one trade pact. However, haven asset demand in 2020 could be supported by other brewing global tensions, DailyFX strategist David Song said in a note.“The threat of a U.S.-EU trade war may become a greater concern,” he said.In other precious metals, silver has risen 15% this year, poised for its best performance since 2010. Platinum is up 22%, its biggest annual gain since 2009, while top-performer palladium is set to end 2019 with an annual gain of 54%.\--With assistance from Selina Wang, David Ingles, Karolina Miziolek and Yvonne Yue Li.To contact the reporters on this story: Ranjeetha Pakiam in Singapore at rpakiam@bloomberg.net;Elena Mazneva in London at emazneva@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Phoebe Sedgman at psedgman2@bloomberg.net, ;Lynn Thomasson at lthomasson@bloomberg.net, Liezel Hill, Luzi Ann JavierFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Gold Makes Headway Above $1,500 on Path to Best Year Since 2010
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    Gold Makes Headway Above $1,500 on Path to Best Year Since 2010

    (Bloomberg) -- Gold rose for a fourth straight session, topping $1,500 an ounce and on course for its best annual gain since 2010.The metal touched a seven-week high as investors positioned for 2020, with post-Christmas gains coming even as global equities inched higher and U.S.-China trade concerns eased.The break through $1,500 in the face of new highs in U.S. stocks, a rebound in U.S. Treasury yields and a strong dollar “leads to an assumption that bulls will buy in the New Year, so the market is trying to position ahead of time,” said Tai Wong, the head of metals derivatives trading at BMO Capital Markets. “It has momentum that is a little mysterious and no one wants to stand in the way.”The climb comes amid a focus on whether the Federal Reserve’s rate-cutting pause will hold next year following three reductions in 2019.“Without a dovish Fed pivot, it’s unlikely gold will make explosive gains, but it does appear the market is trying to carve out a new higher trading range,” Stephen Innes, chief Asia market strategist at AxiTrader, said in a note. That current trend “is a very favorable sign for gold bulls,” he said.Gold is up about 18% this year as investors weigh the benefit of havens amid the to-and-fro of the U.S.-China trade war and a run of central-bank easing. The latest tick higher came even as President Donald Trump said Tuesday a deal with Beijing is “done.”“Caution needs to be exercised as the bullion markets could be extremely volatile, given the market’s low liquidity profile, especially to the downside as trade news remains positive and equity markets still scaling new heights,” Innes said.Spot gold advanced 0.7% to $1,510.22 an ounce at 1:36 p.m. in New York, after touching $1,512.68, the highest since Nov. 4. Spot silver climbed 0.8% and platinum gained 1%. Palladium was also higher.In the futures market, gold for February delivery rose 0.6% to settle at $1,514.40 on the Comex.Spot bullion peaked at $1,557.11 in early September, the highest price in more than six years. Global holdings in gold-backed exchange-traded funds have also expanded in 2019.Heading into the new year, there are mixed views on gold’s prospects. Earlier this month, JPMorgan Chase & Co. advised betting on the commodity to slide as the global economy gathers momentum. Among the bulls, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and UBS Group AG see prices climbing to $1,600.Other precious metals have also fared well. Palladium touched a record $2,000.35 an ounce last week, and is up 50% this year. Platinum has gained 20% in 2019.To contact the reporters on this story: Ranjeetha Pakiam in Singapore at rpakiam@bloomberg.net;Yvonne Yue Li in New York at yli1490@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Phoebe Sedgman at psedgman2@bloomberg.net, Joe Richter, Patrick McKiernanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Bloomberg

    Illinois Municipal Pension Fund Pulls About $1 Billion From BMO

    (Bloomberg) -- The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund is pulling about $1.1 billion from BMO Global Asset Management due to poor performance.The pension fund is terminating a portfolio of U.S. large cap value stocks managed by BMO and plans to oversee the money internally, according to a statement issued on Monday.BMO was listed in an Oct. 31 report by the IMRF as among the five worst-performing portfolios versus benchmarks. The firm was also on the pension’s performance manager monitoring list.“Both performance and the opportunity to save fees by managing the money internally were factors,” John Krupa, a spokesman for the Oak Brook, Illinois-based organization, said in an email.Representatives for BMO in Chicago and Toronto weren’t immediately available to comment.U.S. pension funds have been examining ties with outside investment firms and increasingly having their own staff take over management of some assets. Earlier this month, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System said it would reduce the use of external emerging equity fund managers.BMO was paid $3 million in fees last year for the portfolio, according to an IMRF report.The pension fund’s portfolio was valued at $43.8 billion as of Nov. 30.To contact the reporter on this story: Janet Lorin in New York at jlorin@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sam Mamudi at smamudi@bloomberg.net, Alan Mirabella, Melissa KarshFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Moody's

    King Street Funding Trust -- Moody's Canadian ABCP activity for the week ended December 20, 2019

    Moody's has reviewed the following ABCP programs in conjunction with the proposed additions and amendments. At this time the additions and amendments, in and of themselves, will not result in any rating impact on the respective program's ABCP. Moody's does not believe they will have an adverse effect on the credit quality of the securities such that the Moody's rating is impacted.

  • BMO Harris breaks ground on new U.S. headquarters building in Chicago
    American City Business Journals

    BMO Harris breaks ground on new U.S. headquarters building in Chicago

    BMO Harris, Chicago’s second largest (after Chase) financial institution in terms of deposits and one of the city’s oldest banks, broke ground Friday on a new headquarters tower in the West Loop with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot wielding a shovel along with bank officials. The new tower, which will add another soaring skyscraper to Chicago’s skyline, is expected to be completed in 2022 and will become the bank’s U.S. headquarters. The BMO Tower, located at 320 S. Canal, will rise 50 stories and have 1.4 million square feet of available office space.

  • CNW Group

    BMO Appoints Sri Dronamraju as Chief Information Security Officer

    BMO Appoints Sri Dronamraju as Chief Information Security Officer

  • CNW Group

    BMO Global Asset Management Announces Annual Reinvested Distributions for BMO Exchange Traded Funds and ETF Series

    BMO Global Asset Management Announces Annual Reinvested Distributions for BMO Exchange Traded Funds and ETF Series

  • CNW Group

    BMO Global Asset Management Announces Cash Distributions for Certain BMO Exchange Traded Funds and ETF Series

    BMO Global Asset Management Announces Cash Distributions for Certain BMO Exchange Traded Funds and ETF Series