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Canadian Firms Will Get From CETA What They Put Into It

August 06, 2014

Danielle  Goldfarb
Danielle Goldfarb

Associate Director
Global Commerce Centre

Brent DowDall
Senior Writer
Forecasting and Analysis Division

The announced agreement on a final text of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union (EU) is one more significant step on the long road toward more diversified and ...

Recession Aftermath Still Haunts Many Americans

July 31, 2014

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

Five years after the end of the Great Recession, the private sector in the United States has finally regained the nine-million jobs lost during the devastating downturn. Yet many Americans contend that the economy is still in terrible shape, despite the fact ...

Immigrants Strengthen Canada's Exports

July 30, 2014

Danielle  Goldfarb
Danielle Goldfarb

Associate Director
Global Commerce Centre

Canada has an export problem. Despite rapid growth in emerging markets, Canada's trade has flatlined over the past decade. With a relatively small domestic economy, Canadians depend on exports to sustain their high standard of living. And most exports go to the relatively ...

Can Anything Be Done to Slow Rising Global Inequality?

July 08, 2014

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

French economist Thomas Piketty’s new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has taken the economics profession by storm. Piketty concludes that rising inequality isn’t simply a feature of modern times, but has been a key part of the capitalist system going ...

Beyond Hewing Wood and Drawing Water: Canada’s Hidden Export Gems

July 03, 2014

Kristelle Audet

Kristelle Audet
Economist
Canadian Industrial Outlook

Oil, wheat, canola, aircraft, and autos come to mind as typical Canadian exports. But Canadian companies have been globally successful in other, lesser-known sectors, according to a recent Conference Board of Canada report, Competing Globally: Canada’s Hidden Success Stories. These “success ...

Soccer Teams Show Their Countries' True Colours at the World Cup

June 27, 2014

Brent DowDall
Associate Director
Communications

For all the organizational struggles leading up to the 2014 World Cup, the early games have proven to be enthralling entertainment. There’s more to it than just the soccer—a country’s culture, spirit, and, yes, even its economics can be observed through the styles and ...

Summer's Arrival Helps Toronto's Housing Market Forget a Tough Winter

June 26, 2014

Robin Wiebe Robin Wiebe
Senior Economist, Centre for Municipal Studies

Winter is a fact of life in Canada, and citizens typically face it stoically. But this past winter's onslaught seemed particularly severe. The snow came early and lingered late. We learned new terms, like "polar vortex." The harsh weather was blamed ...

Higher Interest Rates Coming Sooner Than Advertised

June 24, 2014

Michael Burt
Director
Canadian Industrial Outlook

Inflation in Canada has been quietly accelerating in the past six months, and in May it topped 2 per cent for the first time in more than two years. The increases have been broad-based, with inflation accelerating in every major component of consumer ...

The Longest U.S. Recovery in History?

May 13, 2014

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

The current U.S. recovery has been one of the weakest in history. Yet, as noted in the Wall Street Journal recently, often overlooked is the fact that it has also been one of the longest-lasting recoveries. Could the factors that have led ...

Time to Panic: Can the U.S. Handle Slipping to Number 2?

April 28, 2014

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

Within the next few decades, the United States will no longer be the biggest economy in the world. China, which is already the largest trading nation, will take over the top spot. While China’s real GDP growth—currently in the 7–8 per cent ...

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