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Exploring what a ‘hard landing’ in China would mean for the Canadian economy

This is the title of a fascinating new report by TD economics.  I have long warned that the possibility of a hard landing in China remains the greatest black swan event for the Canadian (and world) economy. …The Canadian economy … Continue reading

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Macleans: “Two charts you need to see about commodities and the housing market”; Shiller on the psychology of housing bubbles

Hat tip to DR for sending this link: Two charts you need to see about commodities and the housing market– Macleans Veeeeery interesting article.  Some key quotes and graphs: “The above chart is from this week’s magazine story. It tracks … Continue reading

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Revisiting predictions: Commodities still hanging tough, public sector unions under fire, European debt crisis intensifies, interest rate predictions

Revisiting predictions Now two full months into the new year, it’s worth stopping for a moment and taking stock of how things are shaping up.  You’ll recall that I made some predictions for 2011 back at the beginning of January.  … Continue reading

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The United States’ largest export: Inflation

Note from Ben:  The following post is courtesy of John in Ottawa A couple of days ago, Jesse made the comment that China has been exporting deflation to Canada for years.  That’s absolutely correct and life has been easier ever … Continue reading

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Trade balance surprises to the upside: A new trend or a one-off reading?

The big news from this week was the shocking rebound in Canadian exports in December, which pushed the balance of trade (exports – imports) well into positive territory at a $3 billion surplus. From Stats Canada: Canada’s merchandise exports rose 9.7% … Continue reading

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The week that was

Lots of interesting happenings on the economics front from this past week.  Here are a few that were on my radar: Canada’s economic recovery not as strong as originally reported Canada no longer leads recovery standings “Revisions released Friday by … Continue reading

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A look into our future

Not too much by way of real estate data points for today, but lots of interesting happenings in the world of finance and economics.  As the big real estate boards figure out how to spin this month’s numbers, which should … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! What might 2011 hold?

Happy New Year to all!  As we begin another year, it’s always fun to contemplate just what the next 365 days might hold.  Below are a few ‘top 5’ lists covering a range of finance and economic topics. Top global … Continue reading

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China raises rates: More thoughts on the China-Commodity connection

China raises interest rates Two weeks ago I suggested that a rate hike was all but assured from the People’s Bank of China.  I expected the rate hike on December 11th.  Instead, perhaps out of fear of causing a hard … Continue reading

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