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Canada’s Trade Surplus Widens in January, But the Devil is in the Details When Assessing Implications for Growth

March 07, 2017

“Canada’s trade surplus widened in January, but the more interesting story is what happened to export and import volumes. A rise in the volume of ...

Canadian Economy Delivers Solid Growth in Final Quarter of 2016

March 02, 2017

The Conference Board of Canada’s Chief Economist Craig Alexander offers the following perspectives/insights:

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“The Canadian economy delivered solid, and above expected, growth in the ...

Bank of Canada Remains on Hold, Unworried by Rise in Inflation

March 01, 2017

The Conference Board of Canada’s Chief Economist Craig Alexander offers the following perspectives/insights:

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“The Bank of Canada held the line on rate and stressed ...

Canadian Retail Cash Registers Fell Silent in December

February 22, 2017

The Conference Board of Canada’s Chief Economist Craig Alexander offers the following perspectives on Statistics Canada's Retail Trade announcement.

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“Canadians kept their wallets closed ...

Approval of Canada-EU Trade Agreement Welcome News Amid U.S. Protectionism Worries

February 15, 2017

The Conference Board of Canada’s Chief Economist Craig Alexander offers the following perspectives on the approval of CETA.

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CETA will be bring economic benefits ...

Jobs a Plenty: Canadian Employment Surprises on the Upside Again in January

February 10, 2017

The Conference Board of Canada’s Chief Economist Craig Alexander offers the following insights on the Canada Labour Force Survey.

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"Canadian employment surprised yet again ...

Bank of Canada on Hold While It Waits to See How Global Risks Unfold

January 18, 2017

The Conference Board of Canada’s Chief Economist Craig Alexander offers the following perspectives on the Bank of Canada’s Rate Announcement.

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The Bank of Canada ...

Canadian Business Optimism Rises Amid Uncertainty About U.S. Outlook

January 09, 2017

The Conference Board of Canada’s Chief Economist Craig Alexander offers the following perspectives on the Bank of Canada’s Business Outlook Survey.

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Today’s Business Outlook ...

Canada Ends 2016 With a Hiring Spree, Posts an Unexpected Trade Surplus in November

January 06, 2017

The Conference Board of Canada’s Chief Economist Craig Alexander offers the following perspectives on the Labour Force Survey and International Merchandise Trade announcement.

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Canada ...

Bank of Canada Leaves Rates Unchanged, Sets Stage for a Divergence in Canada-U.S. Monetary Policy

December 07, 2016

The Conference Board of Canada’s Chief Economist Craig Alexander offers the following perspectives on the Bank of Canada rate announcement.

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In the wake of ...


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