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Too Big to Fail?

December 19, 2008

Michael Burt
Associate Director
Industrial Outlook, Trade & Investment

There is certainly one business activity that has been spurred as a result of the global financial crisis and resultant decline in economic activity; looking to governments for help. As the queue is now extending past financial institutions to include ...

City Halls Can’t Do Much About the Financial Crisis

December 15, 2008


Director
Centre for Municipal Studies
I am running out of breath, and so are several of my colleagues at The Conference Board of Canada. For weeks now, we have been touring the country discussing the potential fallout of the financial crisis on the Canadian economy. Undeniably, ...

Health Dollars Heading South

December 11, 2008

David Redekop
Principal Research Associate
Canadian Tourism Research Institute

While the demand for more health care professionals, MRI’s and shorter wait times grows, governments continue to spend millions of health care dollars outside the country. They continue to do so despite the 2002 recommendation by The Royal Commission ...

Keynes to the Rescue

December 08, 2008

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services
The great economist John Maynard Keynes looked around at the debacle in the 1930s and realized that something was wrong with prevailing economic thinking. From 1929 to 1933, it appeared that the invisible hand of Adam Smith’s free market was in urgent ...

Financial Crisis: the Impact on China’s Financial System

December 02, 2008

Lin Ai
Economist

Although the current financial crisis that is shaking up the global economy has been felt in China, the impact so far has been muted. Four large Chinese commercial banks have disclosed their exposure to the bonds issued by Lehman Brothers. China’s largest commercial bank, the Industrial and ...

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