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Canada data eases rate-hike pressure, weighs on dollar

Fri, 20 May 2011 17:15:25 Z

Softer than expected inflation and retail sales data from Statistics Canada reduced some of the imperative for the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates and also knocked the Canadian dollar lower on Friday


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Home prices continue climb

Tue, 17 May 2011 22:48:48 Z

Canadian home prices continued their upward march in April, driven by strong investor demand in Vancouver, as cracks in the Toronto condominium market may be starting to appear



Canada's economic indicators point higher

Wed, 18 May 2011 20:50:36 Z

A key barometer of Canada’s economic health advanced more than expected last month, led by the manufacturing sector


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Inflation in emerging markets the new fear

Mon, 16 May 2011 22:28:46 Z

Global markets may be focusing on the U.S. Federal Reserve and when it will begin tightening monetary policy, but Mark Carney is making sure he doesn’t lose sight of China and ongoing efforts by its central bank to slow an overheating economy



Energy puts bounce back in Canada's trade surplus

Wed, 11 May 2011 12:56:27 Z

Canada’s trade surplus made a small rebound in March after two months of decline, as broad gains in exports outstripped higher imports, Statistics Canada said on Wednesday


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Rosenberg takes aim at ‘conventional wisdom’

Tue, 10 May 2011 20:01:11 Z

Gluskin Sheff + Associates chief economist David Rosenberg this week took a poke at some of the “conventional wisdom” floating around the markets right now


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B.C. lifts Canada’s home sales forecast

Mon, 09 May 2011 14:47:32 Z

Multi-million property sales in Greater Vancouver have surged unexpectedly — skewing both sales and prices on a national level



Rate hikes still on as job market rebounds

Fri, 06 May 2011 14:30:30 Z

Canada added more than double the expected jobs to its workforce in April, reinforcing economists' views the Bank of Canada will begin raising interest rates in the second half of the year, despite the recent turmoil in commodity markets


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Swooning BRIC stocks a bad sign for global markets: Rosenberg

Wed, 04 May 2011 18:42:08 Z

Emerging markets were a spot-on leading indicator when stocks hit bottom two years ago and now they are shaping up as a reliable guide to a looming correction, says David Rosenberg, a chief economist and strategist


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Tory win boost for ‘Buy Canada’

Tue, 03 May 2011 16:48:44 Z

The Conservative Party’s resounding majority in federal elections on Tuesday should be a big plus for Canadian assets and the economy as corporate tax cuts — the backbone of the party’s platform — remain safe. But Bay Street will want to see real progress on cutting the deficit


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Inflation: it’s crushing us at the pumps and spreading

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 15:34:35 Z

Government 'core' inflation measures ignore food or energy, which is fine for those who — as one wag put it — 'don’t eat or heat'


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Fed sticks to script

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 18:52:12 Z

The Federal Open Market Committee voted unanimously to leave the target rate for the federal funds rate unchanged at 0% to 0.25% on Wednesday, reiterating that economic conditions will likely warrant 'exceptionally low levels' for 'an extended period'



Get ready to find out just how fragile the recovery is

Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:09:04 Z

Data on how the U.S. and British economies fared in the first three months of the year due this week will likely highlight the tenuous nature of the recovery from recession in developed countries


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Canadians open their wallets

Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:55:04 Z

Consumers gave a shot in the arm to Canada’s economy in February, helping push retail sales up by 0.4% in a month in which most other indicators disappointed


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How low can U.S. dollar go?

Wed, 20 Apr 2011 16:53:08 Z

Loonie's recent rise is really a story of U.S. dollar weakness — a weakness that has left economists wondering how much lower the greenback could go. Three analysts offer their views


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6 reasons the inflationistas are wrong

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 18:31:59 Z

Economist David Rosenberg says recent hysteria about rising inflation in the United States and Canada is way off the mark. Here's why


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U.S. new home sales beat forecasts

Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:26:24 Z

U.S. new home sales beat forecasts



U.S. on fiscal death march

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:27:04 Z

It will likely take a full-blown crisis to divert the United States of America, once the world's greatest nation, from its fiscal death march. Monday's credit rating alert wasn't it


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Hot inflation fans rate talks

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:17:07 Z

Inflation in Canada has spread beyond just gasoline, the latest data show, putting pressure on the Bank of Canada to raise rates sooner rather than later



High loonie little boon to shoppers in Canada

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 14:37:53 Z

The loonie might be trading at a three-year high relative to the U.S. dollar, but a report from BMO Capital Markets has found that Canadians still pay far more than Americans for common consumer items


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Factory sales fall by most in two years

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 13:33:44 Z

Canadian manufacturing sales fell in February by the most since August 2009, as auto sales pulled back after a surge in January and exporters continued to be hammered by the strong Canadian dollar


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Is 'catastrophic' restructuring next step for Greece?

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:05:28 Z

Growing talk of restructuring by Greece, the first eurozone member to receive a bailout a year ago, points to a new stage in the debt crisis that has driven Ireland and Portugal to seek aid and forced draconian budget cuts in Spain



9 huge signs the U.S. economy is slowing

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 14:40:57 Z

Dear investors, you've had an amazing run since March 2009. Maybe it's time to get a little nervous


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Canada’s trade surplus shrinks

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 13:35:03 Z

Canada’s trade surplus narrowed in February, as both exports and imports declined, led lower by auto and energy products, Statistics Canada said Tuesday


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Job market stronger than it looks

Fri, 08 Apr 2011 17:03:44 Z

The Canadian economy unexpectedly shed 1,500 jobs in March, but behind the headline number was a staggering 91,000 gain in full-time jobs and an easing of the jobless rate


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Home building rises more than forecast

Fri, 08 Apr 2011 16:41:20 Z

Home construction rose more than expected in March, mainly due to an upswing in rural activity


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Why we might see a rate hike sooner rather than later

Wed, 06 Apr 2011 15:22:54 Z

Canada's economy, fuelled by the commodity boom and improving U.S. job market, is growing faster than the Bank of Canada expected, setting the stage for a July hike, says BMO Capital Markets



ECB hikes rates, but further moves uncertain

Thu, 07 Apr 2011 18:10:10 Z

ECB hikes rates, but further moves uncertain


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Canada to lead growth, says OECD

Wed, 06 Apr 2011 13:48:48 Z

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said Tuesday that it is now more confident that the global recovery is becoming entrenched


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Get ready to be 'swamped' by food inflation

Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:02:14 Z

Coffee, sugar and cocoa prices will rise as much as tenfold by 2014 because of shortages that will mean consumers getting “swamped” by food inflation, according to Superfund Financial



Canada's factories on overdrive

Thu, 31 Mar 2011 22:27:10 Z

Canadian manufacturers expanded production at the fastest rate since 2003 in January, boosting the overall economy by 0.5%


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Home prices rise more than expected

Wed, 30 Mar 2011 15:06:12 Z

Prices for Canadian homes rose more than expected in January, according to the Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index released Wednesday


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