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Mythical “California Girl” is Slowly Disappearing

January 23, 2012

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

The Beach Boys wrote and performed a popular song in the 1960s that extolled the virtues of California girls. The image created in the song was of a young woman who was tall, blond, tanned and slim, and ...

Could Iran Send Oil Prices Soaring Again?

January 16, 2012

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services

Our current economic outlook calls for only a modest increase in world oil prices from around $95 in 2011 to $100 this year – an increase that would not hurt the global economy. However, this projection assumes that the standoff between Iran ...

U. S. Economic Data Improve, But Home Prices Have Not Hit Bottom

January 09, 2012

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

Recent months have seen an improvement in a wide array of U.S. economic data. The labour market finally seems to be on the mend, and the economy has momentum that should be maintained in 2012 as long as ...


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