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The Sky Is Not Falling: US Protectionism Not As Bad As It Looks... For Now

May 21, 2009

Danielle Goldfarb
Associate Director
International Trade and Investment Centre

To the trade-dependent Canadian eye, worrisome signs of U.S. protectionism appear to be everywhere. This week, Obama’s pick for U.S. Trade Representative said that he will vigorously enforce U.S. trade rights. This follows his announcement a few weeks ago that ...

Is Inflation Lurking in the Shadows?

May 19, 2009

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services
Over the past eight months or so the Federal Reserve (Fed) has flooded the U.S. financial system with close to $1 trillion in cash in an attempt to thaw frozen credit markets and get the economy moving again. The cash injection has ...

Not Too Soon to Prepare for a Return to Fiscal Balance

May 14, 2009

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

Governments around the globe have implemented aggressive fiscal stimulus packages in recent months in order to kick-start their economies. We are confident that this necessary fiscal stimulus, combined with highly accommodative monetary policy, will help to restore economic ...

SMEs Thinking International? Now Is A Good Time

May 07, 2009

Louis Theriault
Director, International Trade and Investment Centre

No doubt—many small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in Canada are currently under pressure. Adapting quickly to the recession, which rapidly put the brakes on sales growth last year, is an ongoing challenge. This short term focus is paramount in order to ...

The Bottom Has Been Reached, Psychologically

May 06, 2009

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

One of the questions frequently asked of economic forecasters during a recession is “have we reached the bottom?” A few weeks ago, we wouldn’t have touched that question with a bargepole. Indeed, a national business newspaper quoted us ...


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