Marijuana and technology (specifically e-commerce related tech companies) have become all the rage for investors on both sides of the border, as evidenced by a high profile $245 million investment in Canopy during 2017 by U.S. liquor distributor Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ) for only 10% of Canopy.
The distributor of Corona also has an option to exercise an additional 10% investment at previous market rates, an investment which would be very lucrative given the current rise in Canopy’s share price.
In addition to the Canadian cannabis sector, Shopify and other e-commerce related tech securities traded on the TSX have performed very well in 2017, showing the strength of investor sentiment for long-term growth trends in these spaces.
That said, the emphasis which has been placed on growth in recent years combined with a slough of cheap money continuing to flow into equities and away from fixed income securities in this rising interest rate environment has led to a scenario which many analysts believe could be a significant bubble, born out of the quantitative easing efforts following the most recent recession nearly 10 years ago.
Cautious long-term investors should consider ramping up exposure to fixed income securities, despite near-term potential downside, as a prudent long-term investing strategy.
Invest wisely, my friends.