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The Tyranny of the Single (Energy) Buyer

April 29, 2013

Michael Burt
Canadian Industrial Outlook

Monopolies are something that are well understood and as a society we try to avoid, but less attention is paid to its polar opposite, the monopsony, being captive to a single buyer. A monopsony is what Canada faces when it comes to most ...

Fool’s Gold

April 26, 2013

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services

A few years ago, we wrote a commentary (All That Glitters Is Not Gold) suggesting that after soaring by more than 500 per cent since 2002, gold prices could be due for a correction over the medium to long term. ...

No Paradise: Living in a Slow-Growth or No-Growth World

April 24, 2013

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

Occasionally when I speak to clients, I am asked "why do we actually need economic growth?" The inference is often that slower growth would mean a more sustainable future environmentally (and perhaps socially). But this question is no ...

Is Cyprus Getting a Bad Rap?

April 02, 2013

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services

Many were shocked a few weeks ago when the tiny island of Cyprus grabbed the headlines with its urgent need for a bailout. Some analysts were unaware that Cyprus even used the euro as its currency, while others couldn’t fathom the fact ...

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