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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 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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Trends in the news

I thought I might take this post to highlight a series of articles that detail various trends that I see as being big stories over the next few years.  The bolded titles are also links to the original article. Canadian … Continue reading

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Eurozone coming apart at the seams; Spain and Portugal deny need for bailout…..spreads indicate otherwise

Another day, another rise in PIIGS spreads.  A spread is just the difference in bond yield between one country’s bonds and a ‘benchmark’ country’s bonds.  In Europe, the benchmark is the German Bund, considered the most solid bond in the … Continue reading

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Picking our poison: The icy hand of austerity or the scorching rebuke of the bond market

As I’ve said a number of times before, all Western economies will endure austerity over the next few years. Embracing the icy hand of fiscal restraint Some countries, like the UK, will see the writing on the walls and take … Continue reading

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