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Too Many Commodities ... Too Little Demand

August 28, 2015

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

The world economy is awash in an excess supply of commodities that nobody wants to buy any more. This oversupply is hampering the ability of the global economy to return to the 3 per cent-plus growth rates we saw in the mid-2000s, before the ...

Riskier Lending Practices Can’t Support Growth in Consumer Credit Forever

August 12, 2015

Kristelle Audet Kristelle Audet
Senior Economist
Canadian Industrial Outlook

Unlike many of its global peers, much of the Canadian financial sector emerged from the 2009 recession largely unscathed. Since then, a strong housing market has supported its expansion and profitability. However, the smooth sailing may be coming to an end. ...

To Diversify Alberta’s Economy, Start With Fiscal Policy

July 20, 2015

Pedro Antunes Pedro Antunes
Deputy Chief Economist and Executive Director
Forecasting and Analysis

Alberta’s economy is getting hit hard this year—we’re expecting a decline in economic activity and a softening in labour markets. Given the collapse in oil prices and severe cutbacks in energy-related capital spending budgets, a recession in ...

Does Iceland’s Experience Offer a Ray of Hope for Greece?

July 14, 2015

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

Greece appears to be in deep economic trouble no matter what it decides to do—it faces years of weak growth and high unemployment, whether or not its stays in the euro. All may not be lost, however. The New York Times noted ...

Recession Talk More Complex Than a Yes or No Answer

July 10, 2015

Glen Hodgson Glen Hodgson

Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

Pedro Antunes Pedro Antunes
Deputy Chief Economist and Executive Director
Forecasting and Analysis

A debate has broken out on whether or not Canada is now in an official recession (generally defined as two consecutive quarters of contraction). Starting among ...

TPP Is Key for a Services Superpower Like Canada

July 02, 2015

Danielle  Goldfarb
Danielle Goldfarb

Associate Director
Global Commerce Centre

Jacqueline Palladini Jacqueline Palladini
Senior Economist

Canadians generally perceive themselves as natural resource exporters, but that perception is stale-dated—notwithstanding the prominent role played by the energy sector and other resource industries over the past decade. From insurance to health care, four out of five Canadians ...

Oil Prices on the Mend … But Can It Last?

July 02, 2015

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate
Economic Services

World oil prices have made a comeback from the low $40 per barrel mark in March, to around $60 in June. This is welcome news for Canada’s oil industry, where many drillers can’t survive on prices below $50 per barrel and will still struggle ...

Calgary Housing Market Feeling Like Wile E. Coyote

May 19, 2015

Robin Wiebe Robin Wiebe
Senior Economist, Centre for Municipal Studies

A frequent scenario from the classic Warner Brothers' Road Runner cartoons features Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner to the edge of a cliff, then overshooting the mark and hanging in mid-air. It is only when Mr. Coyote looks down ...

Despite Salary Cap, NHL Ice Still Tilted Toward Wealthy Franchises

April 30, 2015

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

The NHL playoffs have moved on to the second round, and among Canadians, only folks in Montréal and Calgary are required to be stuck inside watching hockey—the rest of us have the option to begin gardening or hitting ...

Canada Has Plenty of What India Needs

April 14, 2015

Danielle  Goldfarb
Danielle Goldfarb

Associate Director
Global Commerce Centre

Brent DowDall
Senior Writer
Forecasting and Analysis Division

Canada should seize the enormous economic opportunities available in India. Narendra Modi’s historic trip to Canada from April 14 to 16—the first bilateral visit to this country by an Indian prime minister since 1973—will ...

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