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To Cut or Not to Cut? That is the Question for Oil Producers

April 18, 2016

Carlos A. Murillo Carlos A. Murillo
Industrial Economic trends

Global crude oil prices seem to have finally found a floor. After briefly falling below US$30 per barrel in February, the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) price has now breached US$40. Much of this rally has been driven by the anticipation of ...

Shattering The Myths About The U.S. Economic Rebound

April 12, 2016

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

The success of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the U.S. presidential primaries illustrates that voters are angry about the state of the U.S. economy. Trump claims that the economy is in the doldrums due to illegal immigrants stealing jobs from Americans. ...

Fallen Loonie Forcing Canadian Pro Sports Franchises to Adapt Their Game

April 11, 2016

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

Canadian sports fans will have lots of time for golf and gardening this spring—no Canadian-based teams will be taking the ice for the Stanley Cup playoffs starting this week. The game has changed for Canadian franchises off the ...

Could Outsiders Trump or Sanders Solve America’s Woes?

March 09, 2016

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

Tough economic times bring calls for different solutions that upset the status quo. Despite a growing economy, many Americans feel that they are living through tough times and they are looking for different approaches from the contenders in the current U.S. ...

Would Canadians Trade High Gas Prices for Stronger NHL Teams?

February 18, 2016

Brent DowDall
Senior Manager, Research and Business Development
Forecasting and Analysis

Gas prices and hockey are two things that Canadians like to talk about more than just about anything. When pump prices are high, we complain. When they are down, we brag about finding the lowest price. When it ...

Manufacturers Need More Workers, Investment, to Take On U.S. Rebound

February 11, 2016

Jacqueline Palladini Jacqueline Palladini
Senior Economist

Originally published by Canadian Business on February 3, 2016.

With the loonie at lows not seen in a decade, and the U.S. recovery finally building steam, conditions seem ideal for a revival of Canada’s manufacturing exports. But after 15 years of struggling with increased competition, sluggish ...

Low Oil Prices: Good or Bad for the Global Economy?

February 09, 2016

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

Lower oil prices normally mean stronger global growth, but these are not normal times. Some observers believe the collapse in oil prices could cause a global recession—a dramatic change from the past, when surging oil prices drove recessions. Production cuts by ...

Ottawa’s Pro Sports Facilities Follow the Real Estate

January 25, 2016

Brent DowDall
Senior Manager, Research and Business Development
Forecasting and Analysis

The number one contact sport in Ottawa has long been national politics—and probably always will be. However, for a quiet, government-centric town, Ottawa got a lot of noise from its sports franchises in 2015.

The NHL Senators, after ...

Economic Factors Behind Donald Trump’s Appeal

January 12, 2016

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

Donald Trump’s surge to the top of the polls in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination has shocked and dismayed many Americans—not least of all, members of the Republican Party establishment. Many Republicans anticipate an electoral rout if Trump does ...

Five Trade Game Changers for Canada in 2016

January 04, 2016

Danielle Goldfarb Danielle Goldfarb
Global Commerce Centre

The trade game has changed for Canada. Over the past decade, the rapid economic growth of emerging markets, such as China’s, created a surge in demand for Canada’s natural resources and drove gains in Canadian exports and wealth. But now, the commodity ...

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