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Four Disruptive Trends Transforming the Auto Industry

From a creeping crawl to a speeding bullet, the automobile has rapidly improved—and so have consumer demands.

The Ford Model T revolutionized the industry, and consumer demand catapulted it into one of the longest production runs in history.

However, consumers gradually began to desire more than just one reliable, wallet-friendly option. Today, numerous models are discontinued each year—and new features are frequently introduced to keep up with changing preferences.

Shifting Gears

This infographic from AutoTRADER.ca, Canada’s largest automotive marketplace, explores some current trends shaping the auto industry: luxury trucks, electric vehicles, millennial habits, and online research.

1. The Rise of Luxury Trucks

Most people associate trucks with off-roading and rugged work. But over the years, they’ve become much more—consumers are starting to see them as status symbols.

In addition to power, luxury trucks have features that maximize comfort and style:

  • Spacious seating
  • Large chrome wheels
  • Advanced safety features
  • Rear-seat touch screen entertainment
  • Motorized tailgates and running boards
  • Panoramic sunroofs

While most vehicle segments have seen a decline in the market, luxury trucks have grown in market share.

Year$80-$100K truck listings (% of overall truck listings)
20158.3%
201610.5%
201711.0%
201813.9%

High-end trucks offer both functional strength and premium features, and continue to drive growth in the auto industry.

2. Electric Vehicles: A Small but Growing Market

Electric vehicle (EV) listings are growing from low initial numbers, and their overall market share is still limited. However, the demand for EVs is growing rapidly—from 2017 to 2018, AutoTRADER.ca’s EV market doubled.*

Note: AutoTRADER.ca’s EV market excludes hybrids.

On top of that, EVs are selling faster. In 2018, it took 15 days for an EV listing to turnover, compared to 27 days in 2016.

What has caused this surge in popularity?

  • Environmental Impact: EVs are nearly five times more efficient at converting stored energy than traditional cars.
  • Lower Costs: On average, battery EVs save Canadian households about 71% in annual fuel and maintenance.
  • Less Traffic: Certain areas like British Columbia, Ontario, California, and New York offer high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane access to single-occupant EVs.

As various regions take steps to remove gas-powered vehicles from the roads, the EV market will continue to expand.

3. Millennial Purchasing Habits

While many think that millennials aren’t buying cars, the data tells a different story. In the first quarter of 2018, millennials accounted for all new vehicle sales growth in the North American auto industry.

Millennials are still buying vehicles—they’re just waiting longer than previous generations did. Cash-strapped millennials are up to nine times more likely to delay a vehicle purchase until they’re triggered by a life change such as switching jobs, getting married, or having children.

Main Purchase Trigger by Generation

 Want to change from existing vehicleLife changeOther
Millennial60%27%12%
Gen X74%9%18%
Baby Boomer76%3%21%

Note: numbers may not sum to 100 due to rounding.

To help with purchase decisions, millennials refer to video content and draw on personal networks. They also prefer to visit online marketplaces over physical dealerships.

4. Online Research

Millennials aren’t the only ones turning to the internet for help: roughly eight in ten buyers use online sources to help them simplify the decision-making process.

Automotive marketplaces are the most popular resource—used by 77% of online buyers. What makes them so popular?

  • Pricing guidelines give buyers confidence in the fair market price they can expect to pay
  • Comparison tools help buyers choose the body type, make, and model of their next vehicle
  • Reviews by owners and industry experts provide unbiased opinions
  • Location-based searches help buyers find local listings from dealers and private sellers

All of this easily accessible information has made online marketplaces the go-to source for consumers’ automobile needs.

A Trusted Guide

To keep up with rapid change in auto industry trends, Canadians can depend on autoTRADER.ca.

AutoTRADER.ca is Canada’s most trusted place to buy and sell cars, and is a one-stop shop for:

  • Industry news
  • Reviews and advice
  • Valuation and car buying tools
  • Price comparisons
  • The largest selection of new and used vehicles nationwide

Armed with autoTRADER.ca’s transparent and unbiased advice, Canadians can confidently find their perfect vehicle.

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Gold in the Abitibi: The Chimo Mine Project

Cartier Resources (TSX-V: ECR) is advancing the Chimo Mine Gold Project in the Abitibi region of Quebec, showing its potential with past producing mines.

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Gold in the Abitibi: Cartier Resource's Chimo Mine Project

Gold in the Abitibi: Cartier Resources Chimo Mine Project

Cartier Resources (TSX-V: ECR) is deploying the right strategy in the right region, with the right backers to find gold faster at a lower cost.

Proven Endowment: The Abitibi Greenstone Belt

There are many prolific past-producing gold districts in Canada, but the Abitibi is one of the largest and best understood gold-bearing regions with readily available exploration infrastructure.

This region extends from Wawa in Northwestern Ontario to the east near Val-d’Or Quebec – a landscape that hosts some of the most productive gold mines in Canada.

The company’s Chimo gold mine project located in the historic Abitibi Greenstone belt of Quebec builds on a legacy of gold production with a project ready for investors.

Exploration Strategy

The best place to find gold is where companies discovered and mined it in the past. Between 1964 and 1997, three companies produced 379,012 ounces of gold at the Chimo Mine property.

This type of strategy is known as brownfield exploration. Brownfield exploration looks for gold in areas known to host gold mineralization. It offers investors less risk, reducing the amount of uncertainties a company faces.

Ounces in the Ground: 2019 Resource Estimate

The company delivered within three years its first-ever resource estimate and proved the value its Chimo Mine Project. In November 2019, Cartier published its first mineral resource estimate of the central gold corridor on the Chimo mine property:

Measured Resources: 481,280 ounces of gold
Inferred Resources: 417,250 ounces of gold

Cartier has proven a resource in one third of the Chimo property, and there is the north and south gold corridor which it is currently drilling.

Why Chimo?

Cartier Resources has built on the foundations of a proven past producer with a new resource estimate, to put the Chimo Mine project back on the Abitibi gold map.

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The 26-Year History of ETFs, in One Infographic

This graphic timeline highlights how the exchange-traded fund (ETF) came into existence, as well as the 26-year history of ETFs as an investment vehicle.

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The 26-Year History of ETFs, in One Infographic

In recent decades, there have been many breakthrough technologies that have re-shaped the nature of entire industries.

In finance, perhaps the most notable disruption has come from the rise of the exchange-traded fund (ETF) — an investment vehicle that has quadrupled in size over the last decade alone. But how did the ETF originate, and how has its use evolved through to today?

Today’s infographic comes to us from iShares by BlackRock, and it shows how the ETF has gone from an obscure index tracking tool to becoming a mainstream investing vehicle that encompasses trillions of dollars of assets around the world.

The Origin and History of ETFs

ETFs emerged out of the index investing phenomenon in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and there are two early examples that can be referenced as a starting point:

  • Index Participation Shares – 1989
    This initial attempt to create an ETF was set to track the S&P 500, and garnered significant investor interest. However, it was ruled to work like a futures contract according to a federal court in Chicago, so it never made it to the exchange.
  • Toronto 35 Index Participation Units – 1990
    These were a warehouse, receipt-based instrument that tracked Canada’s major index, the TSE-35. They allowed investors to participate in the performance in the index, without owning individual shares of stocks in the index.

Since these pioneering ETF endeavors, the investment vehicle has caught on in popularity — and it is now clear that ETFs provide a range of important benefits to investors, such as: low costs, liquidity, diversification, tax efficiency, flexibility, accessibility, and transparency.

Key Milestones in U.S. ETF History:

  • 1993 – The First ETF launches in the U.S., tracking the S&P 500
  • 1998 – Sector ETFs debut, tracking individual S&P 500 sectors
  • 2004 – The first U.S.-listed commodity ETF is formed, offering exposure to gold bullion
  • 2008 – Actively-managed ETFs get the green light from the SEC
  • 2010 – Term-maturity ETFs debut, holding bonds that all mature in same year
  • 2015 – First factor-based bond ETFs are launched
  • 2019 – U.S.-listed ETFs hit $4 trillion in AUM, and global bond ETF AUM crosses $1 trillion

How ETFs are Used Today

Today, the U.S. ETF industry has $4.04 trillion of assets under management (AUM), covering a wide spectrum of assets including equities, bonds, alternatives, and money markets.

ETFs are now the go-to index vehicle for 78% of institutional investors, according to a study by Greenwich Associates. Here are the 10 most popular applications for ETFs based on the same data:

ETF ApplicationUsageDescription
Tactical adjustments72%Over- or underweight certain styles, regions, or countries on the basis of short term views.
Core allocation68%Build a long-term strategic holding in a portfolio.
Rebalancing60%Manage portfolio risk in between rebalancing cycles.
Portfolio completion57%Fill in gaps in a strategic asset allocation.
International diversification56%Gain efficient access to foreign markets.
Liquidity management54%Maintain exposure in a liquid investment vehicle to meet cash flow needs.
Transition management44%Facilitate manager transitions with ETFs.
Risk management42%Mitigate undesired portfolio risk and hedge asset allocation decisions.
Interim beta37%Maintain market exposure while refining a long-term view.
Cash equitization37%Put long-term cash positions to work with ETFs to minimize cash drag.

In the 26 years since the introduction of ETFs, they have grown and evolved to cover almost every aspect of the market. The next stage of growth for the ETF will be driven by investors finding even more uses for these versatile tools.

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