Emerging Markets

The World Is Getting Hungrier

Peter Hall | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Peter Hall

The world is getting hungrier. It has been said many times, but it bears repeating: the rise of emerging markets over the past three decades is now vaulting millions into the ranks of the middle class every year.

Canadian Trade: Pros and Cons for 2014

Peter Hall | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

When international trade collapsed in 2009, the Canadian economy turned inward, and for a change, discovered a steady source of growth. That source is now tapped out, and economy-watchers have for some time turned their eyes back to trade. So far, the view has been uninspiring. Will Canadian trade carry growth forward, or is our hopeful gaze in for a big disappointment?

Why Colombia's is the Next Economy to Watch

Peter Hall | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
Peter Hall

Canadian investors are well-known in Colombia, particularly in the oil and gas sector. The crisis proved to be a setback to impressive investment activity, but it has since rebounded. Canadian direct investment in Colombia is now over 70 per cent higher than at the 2008 peak, at just under $1.8 billion.

Canada's Small Businesses Are Taking on the Big World

Peter Hall | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Exporting. Globalization. Diversification. These are big terms, and we usually associate them with big business. This overlooks one key fact: that all businesses start off as small affairs, and the same is generally true for export ventures. So, how are Canada's small exporters doing?

Why Are So Many Emerging Markets Taking Protests to the Streets?

Peter Hall | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada
Peter Hall

Mass protests have become an all-too-common post-crisis occurrence in major cities around the world. The sheer number of them elicits key questions. What is making them so prevalent? Where will the movement strike next? And more personally, how will protests affect our international business operations?

Export Growth Predictions: See How Canada's Provinces Stack Up

Peter Hall | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

International trade will be a key growth driver for the Canadian economy this year and next. However, the distribution of export growth in Canada's provinces is anything but even. Some are leading the charge, while others are steady at the national pace. Others are lagging behind, some quite seriously. What are the key factors influencing the different growth patterns?

Amid the Gloom of the Economy, There's a Silver Lining

Peter Hall | Posted 06.25.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Jitters about the economy's near-term future shroud the planet. The latest data aren't helping. But quietly, amid the gloom, there's a different story. Lending activity is beginning to improve.

Fast Facts on Trade in 2012

Peter Hall | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Normally, this column is forward-looking, but occasionally, it pays to reflect on recent events. Annual merchandise trade data for 2012 are hot off th...

Rachel Mendleson

When It Comes To Globalization, 'Resistance Is Futile'

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 05.02.2013 | Canada Business

With the loonie near parity, transportation costs climbing and protectionist trade provisions on the table in Washington, Canadian businesses can be f...

What Will Christine Lagarde Need to Put on Her Agenda at the IMF?

Bessma Momani | Posted 09.19.2011 | Canada Business
Bessma Momani

Christine Lagarde needs to do more to improve countries' confidence in the IMF's ability to contain and predict the kinds of financial and economic crises that have continued to challenge the international financial system for over two decades.