October 19, 2012

Category: Articles

Surprising Developments in the Gender Gap

As a female member of the baby boom generation, I began my economics career as pretty much the only woman in the room—from graduate school to the Fed to Bay Street.

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October 12, 2012

Category: Articles

Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity – Get Used To It

VUCA is an acronym used to describe the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of the world today. Its usage began in the late 1990s and comes from the American military lexicon to describe the extreme conditions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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October 5, 2012

Category: Articles

Canadian Outlook Still Clouded

Canada’s growth pace has slowed to barely reach the 2% threshold even with some impressive job gains recently, yet the Bank of Canada retains a moderate tightening bias.

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September 21, 2012

Category: Articles

The Clouds are Parting – A Bit

September is turning out to be a much better month for the stock market than many had feared, boosted in large measure by the gradual dissipation of uncertainty. To be sure, risks remain and the future is far from clear.

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September 14, 2012

Category: Articles

With the Economy So Bad, Why is Obama Likely to Win the Election?

Many people are asking this question. Even Republican pundits are suggesting that Romney is blowing what should be an easy ride to the White House.

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September 13, 2012

Category: Articles

Bargain Hunting

For all those Canadian boomers looking for a place in the sun, the price of vacation homes in the sunny south (think Florida, Arizona or Nevada) are more affordable than any time in nearly four decades.

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September 13, 2012

Category: Articles

Fed Takes Bold Action

The Fed brought out the big guns today, despite the looming election and the opposition of many theorists and Republicans. 

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September 7, 2012

Category: Articles

Reasons for U.S. Optimism

The August payroll report was clearly disappointing, suggesting the U.S. economy remains in a fragile state. However, there are reasons for optimism. Call me Pollyanna, but me thinks I see green shoots sprouting in the U.S. economy.

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