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Auto plant investment in Canada is roughly half what it used to be.
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New Brunswick, ranked in 2014 by the Conference Board of Canada as one of the worst provincial (GDP) performing economies in the world, can not seem to shake off decade-after-decade of economic mismanagement.
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Politics aside, the concept behind infrastructure spending in theory makes sense: with interest rates near all-time lows and little expectation of them going up in the short term, now is probably as a good a time as any to borrow money and put it to work.
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While a Canadian dollar spent might only get you 70 cents (or less) of a U.S. stock, that stock's potential return over the long haul will likely more than offset its higher sticker price -- not to mention help you diversify your portfolio out of Canadian-only investments.
Since debt became super cheap after the Great Recession, we all have taken on a ton of of it. Nationally we have an average of $27,000 in non-mortgage debt -- and $190,000 in mortgage debt. Here is how we all can get rid of our debt in 10 years so we can enjoy our retirements and our lives debt-free.
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Canadians are stuck with $158-billion in new Harper debt -- without much to show for it. There are 160,000 more jobless Canadians today than before Stephen Harper took power. Job quality is at a 25-year low. Household debt is near a record high. Canada's trade deficit this year has topped $13-billion. The Liberal legacy was a decade of balanced budgets, average annual economic growth over three per cent, consistent trade surpluses every month of every year, 3.4-million net new jobs, lower debt, lower taxes, record high Transfer Payments to the provinces. That's what Mr. Harper inherited in 2006. But Mr. Harper blew it.
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Six years beyond the onset of global crisis and the lamentation seems louder: pundits are increasingly perplexed by the planet's prolonged period of perpetual perturbations. So, does anything stand out in 2014 as an "out of the blue" development?
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Tightening U.S. monetary policy suggests that the Canadian dollar will remain weak. And in spite of competitiveness concerns, exports are rising enough this year to suggest 10 per cent growth, and an added 6 per cent in 2015. This in turn will spur business investment, lifting Canadian GDP growth to 2.8 per cent in 2015.
Exporters are less upbeat about domestic economic conditions. The balance of opinion for this indicator was the only one to fall, edging back marginally to 13 per cent. Paradoxically, they are more positive about domestic sales, where the balance of opinion rose 9 percentage points to 43 percent of those surveyed.
Free-market “radicalism” has taken control of the world’s economies, spurring greater inequality and threatening the legitimacy of capitalism itself, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney warned this w...
With GDP forecast to grow by a mere 1.6 per cent this year, our governments (both provincial and federal) need consumers to keep on spending to prop up the economy. They need this while they, themselves, are struggling with ballooning deficits and debt loads.
OTTAWA - Few are noting the occasion, but about now Canada and the rest of the world should be celebrating the third anniversary marking the end of the Great Recession.It was in the third quarter of 2...
A former CBC colleague-turned-journalism professor very politely questions the ethics of my writing this column for HuffPost. Surely, he suggests delicately, the internet in general -- and aggregators like HuffPost in particular -- are killing traditional mainstream, general-interest journalism. And, in the process, seriously damaging democracy. My reply...?
Perhaps if more insiders had come forward to expose wrongdoing, and irregularities at the major U.S. banks and investment houses a few years ago, the impact of the financial meltdown leading to the Great Recession might have been softened. Until each one of us does this, we're all muppets.
This month, for the first time, President Barack Obama can say more Americans are working than were working on the day he took office (using the more reliable figures for seasonably adjusted numbers). Of course, recovery only to January 2009 levels won't be much of a recovery at all.
Good news! Canada's budget deficit is shrinking even before the federal government introduces its budget cuts. There's an important lesson for the whole world from the Canadian experience: the actions a government might take to reduce its deficit -- cutting spending, raising taxes -- can prolong the recession.
If European leaders can't hammer out a solution to the continent's runaway credit crisis, the world's economy will face a collapse larger than the one in 2008, a prominent IMF advisor says. "If they c...
As global debt woes and market turmoil stoke fears of another recession, Canadian consumers are keeping a close eye on the economic forecast. And if waning consumer confidence is any indication, it ap...
Canada's real economy was smaller in the first half of this year than it was before the start of the North American recession four years ago, an analysis from The Economist shows. In a sign of how dee...
A major Canadian bank says the economy ground to a halt in the second quarter and could slip into recession if the United States continues to weaken. In a report Wednesday, TD Bank estimated zero grow...