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Central Europe Still Charming, But EU Facing Very Tough Economic Times

September 28, 2012

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

Last week I was invited to speak at the renowned Kiel Institute's annual autumn economic conference in Berlin, and then carried on to meet business and government leaders in Vienna and Bratislava, Slovakia, which are charming cities. The ...

Surviving in an Economy with a 25 per cent Unemployment Rate

September 21, 2012

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services

Desperate times call for desperate measures and people in Spain, trying to survive in the midst of a devastating recession, have devised alternative methods of exchanging goods and services as well as their own labour to cope with the situation. One alternative ...

The ECB Finally Does the Right Thing to Help Fix the Eurozone Crisis

September 14, 2012

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

After 2 1/2 years of repeated shocks and crises of investor confidence, the European Central Bank (ECB) has at last fully accepted the responsibility to use all of its powers to manage the financial crisis in the Eurozone. ...

Le Québec face à un avenir économique jonché d’obstacles

September 06, 2012

Glen Hodgson
Vice-président principal et économiste en chef
Prévisions et analyses

English version

L’avenir économique s’annonce jonché d’obstacles pour le Québec – en tout cas beaucoup plus que pour les provinces de l’Ouest et même l’Ontario. Malgré son énorme déficit budgétaire actuel, cette province a des perspectives de ...

Quebec’s Economic Future: A Hard Road Ahead

September 06, 2012

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

Version française

Quebec faces a hard economic road ahead—much harder than the economic prospects for the Western provinces, and even for Ontario. Despite its large fiscal deficit at present, Ontario’s economic growth prospects will continue to outshine those ...

The US Election: Why so Close?

September 04, 2012

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services

An American President running for re-election has never won when the Conference Board Inc.’s index of consumer confidence has been below 90. Today the index remains stuck below 70. Jimmy Carter, for instance, lost his bid for re-election to Ronald Reagan when ...


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