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Economic Performance Drives Rental Market

December 06, 2016

Robin Wiebe Robin Wiebe
Senior Economist, Centre for Municipal Studies

This week’s release of CMHC’s annual rental market data provides further clear illustration of the differing and shifting fortunes among this country’s regions. The numbers, based on a survey of landlords and property managers, reveal extremely tight rental markets in Toronto ...

Can Donald Trump Make the Rust Belt Great Again?

December 01, 2016

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

During the U.S. election campaign, Donald Trump vowed to prevent Carrier Corp. from closing two factories in Indiana and moving 2,100 jobs to Mexico. Last week, Trump delivered—sort of. After promising during the election campaign to threaten the firm with a 35 ...

Will the Canadian Economy Get Trumped?

November 10, 2016

Craig Alexander
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

The stunning election victory of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States sent shock waves through global financial markets as worries about his threats to tear up trade deals and slap ...

Is Globalization Doomed?

November 04, 2016

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

Globalization—generally defined as the free movement of people, goods, and capital around the world—is in big trouble. The Brexit vote and the rise of right-wing parties in Europe hostile to international trade are just two of the more prominent examples of the ...

Putting the Federal Government’s Actions on Housing Policy Into Perspective

October 06, 2016

Craig Alexander
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada

For years, there have been concerns about overheated real estate markets in Canada, particularly in the Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto region. Strong sales and rising prices have been supported by rising mortgage debt, creating worries ...

Getting Harder for Less-Skilled Men to Join the Canadian Workforce

August 30, 2016

Kristelle Audet Kristelle Audet
Senior Economist
Canadian Industrial Outlook

The fall in labour force participation rates among American men has made numerous headlines since 2009. Between 1990 and 2015, labour participation among U.S. men aged 25 to 54 fell from 93 per cent to 88 per cent, but the decline has been much steeper ...

What Do Brexit and Donald Trump Have in Common?

August 15, 2016

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

Both the Brexit vote in the U.K. referendum in June and the rise of Donald Trump have shocked political analysts, economists, and mainstream politicians—the so-called elites—on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The elites missed the anger and frustration that has built ...

The Economic Fallout From OPEC’s Market-Share Strategy

August 05, 2016

Photo of Carlos Murillo

Industrial Economic Trends

After years of losing market share, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) ramped up production in 2015—at a time when the market was already well-supplied. One of the goals of this policy was to recapture market share from key competitors....

Exposing the Myths about Illegal Immigrants

June 28, 2016

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

The contentious issue of illegal immigration has been front and centre in the U.S. presidential campaign. The Republican Party’s presumptive nominee Donald Trump continues to rail against Mexicans who enter the country illegally and “steal” jobs from American workers, and he has ...

Opportunities Abound for Canadian Firms in Ukraine

June 14, 2016

Brent DowDall
Senior Manager, Research and Business Development
Forecasting and Analysis

One of the most cherished Canadian products—hockey sticks—is manufactured in Ukraine. That alone should be enough to get the attention of Canadians who are looking for business and investment opportunities in Ukraine.

Ukraine is one of the best-kept ...

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