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Are Miners in Too Deep?

January 26, 2009

Jacqueline Johnson Jacqueline Palladini
Economist
Provincial Forecast

Despite recent record-high mineral prices and corresponding high profit margins, Canadian miners are in an unstable position to weather the current economic storm. Mining companies have taken on a tremendous amount of debt over the past year and a half and they now ...

Dangerous Deflation is at the Door

January 22, 2009

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

Inflation has fallen sharply in recent months across the industrial world. Normally we would welcome low inflation as good news, but not in the current recessionary circumstances. Why? Because the drop in inflation may turn into a decline ...

The Montreal Canadiens Will Win the Stanley Cup

January 19, 2009


Director
Centre for Municipal Studies
Economists are known for building models to either explain what happened or predict what will happen. Of course, these predictions are subject to the events unfolding as per their hypothesis. Just for you, dear readers, I have concocted a small model ...

Will the U.S. Remain Number One?

January 14, 2009

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services

Imagine a country locked in a war that went badly wrong with a financial sector that was draining resources from its industrial sector. Observers started writing books and articles claiming that the nation was in decline and was about to lose its ...

Obama and Canada: How Long Will the Love Affair Last?

January 07, 2009

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

The clock is ticking toward January 20, 2009, when the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. will officially change hands and Barack Obama and his team will form the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. Of course, the recession ...

Monetary Stimulus Reaching its Limit

January 02, 2009

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis
(first published as a commentary in the National Post, December 19, 2008)

Central banks around the globe have intervened aggressively in recent weeks to try and stave off the prolonged effects of recession. The U.S. Federal Reserve stole ...


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