Entries by Peter Hall from 12/2012

Is a Housing Recovery Possible Without Job Growth?

| Posted 12.04.2012 | Canada Business

Housing markets are on a tear south of the border. Against expectations, US housing starts surged to 894,000 units in October, up 42 per cent over last year's number. Some believe this is the real thing, the leading edge of a true and sustainable recovery. Others aren't persuaded, convinced that this is just another flash in the pan. Their reasoning? No jobs, no housing recovery. Are they right?

What's Up and Down With Canadian Exports

| Posted 12.12.2012 | Canada Business

Canadian exports rose by 1.0 per cent in October led by a stunning increase in agricultural exports. The combination of this year's bumper harvest with high global food prices was expected to yield significant gains, but many analysts were surprised by the extent of the rise in international sales.

How Canada's Diversity Could Lead to a Goldmine

| Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada Business

As a nation built to a great extent on immigration, Canada boasts a rich ethnic diversity. Census data show that by far, the largest group has its roots in Western Europe. Analysts and policymakers often lament that economic growth does not reflect this makeup. Within the diaspora in Canada is a hidden goldmine of opportunity to further connect and trade with the fastest-growing markets of the world.

Grab Your Goggles, We're Swimming in Oil

| Posted 12.20.2012 | Canada Business

Surprise of the year: World oil production is rising more than was forecast. A shock? No, that's what happens when prices spike. What is surprising is that it's occurring right in our backyard -- in the good ol' USA. The bottom line? How quickly we have gone from running out of oil to being awash in the stuff. Maybe the surprise is that we are surprised that history is merely repeating itself!