June 1, 2012

Category: Articles

Crisis Mounts

The triple whammy of a rotten U.S. jobs report, slowing growth in China and India, and the escalating European debt crisis has hit Canada’s economy and financial markets everywhere. Stock market indexes are plunging, and other signs of distress are proliferating. The drop in commodity prices—reflecting weakening global demand—has hit Canada and Australia hard as…

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April 16, 2012

Category: Articles

Rising Rates – Not Bad News

Interest rates for longer-maturity government bonds are finally rising, triggering concern that higher rates could derail the U.S. expansion. The 10-year Treasury yield is currently at about 2.30%. That’s up about 60 basis points since September. Should this continue, Canadian mortgage rates could move off their lows and dampen the housing boom that has already…

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March 9, 2012

Category: Articles

The American Oil Boom

Ironically, while many are focussing on the negative impact of high gasoline prices on the U.S. economy, oil production in the U.S. is surging, providing the largest stimulus to growth and job creation since the recession began in 2007.

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