CANADIAN TRADE

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Should Canadians Be Worried About the Weak Loonie?

A weaker Canadian dollar poses a threat to imported inputs to Canada's production machine, and to future Canadian investments abroad. But the soaring U.S. dollar isn't the only currency in play. Movements in other currencies are less dramatic. Perhaps this is an opportunity to scan the globe both for inputs to our production process and for direct investment undertakings in less-traditional markets.

Are Exports Driving Our Economy?

OK, you're right -- this is really last week's news. But it is worth repeating. For a good many months now, economy watchers of many stripes have been looking to Canadian exporters to take the wheel a...
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Canada-U.S.Trade War Thawing?

WASHINGTON - Signs of a thaw have emerged in a developing trade battle between Canada and the United States.The Canadian government has won a powerful friend in its fight against punishing U.S. meat-i...
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Is Canada's Growing Trade with this Booming Region a Good Thing?

In the 2000-2008 period, Canadian exports to ASEAN grew by 9 per cent annually, just under the average pace to emerging markets as a whole. Post-crisis, the rate of growth is exactly the same. Doubling trade in five years would require notching that pace up to 15 per cent annually -- not an unachievable target by any stretch of the imagination.

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

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?
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Canada Needs New Friends: CIBC

Companies need to take more risks in emerging markets so Canada doesn't experience another lost decade for exports, says CIBC's senior economist.Despite nine free trade agreements, the volume of Canad...

Fast Facts on Trade in 2012

Normally, this column is forward-looking, but occasionally, it pays to reflect on recent events. Annual merchandise trade data for 2012 are hot off the press, and analysts are still dissecting the det...
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TSX Avoids Huge U.S. Spending Cuts

TORONTO - Gains could be hard to find on stock markets this week as traders wonder if the current rally on markets has run out of steam and look to a looming deadline for massive, automated government...
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Is "Made in Canada" the New "Made in China"?

Canada's entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations last week has been hailed as a new direction for the country's trade policy. It would be wise for Canadian policy makers to also bring to the table new views on trade. Canada's position on trade has been based on clear national identities ("Made in Canada"). But countries are more and more relying on imported inputs to produce their exports. For instance, Canada produces only 70 per cent of its exports value at home, with imported inputs accounting for the remaining 30 per cent.
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Tories Look East

OTTAWA - The Harper government is taking a close look at the pros and cons of doing business with state-owned enterprises in China, The Canadian Press has learned.The politically-tinged issue is part...