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Daily Update (Source: RBC Financial Group)
Higher energy prices pushed Canadian inflation above 2% in January
Feb 24, 2017
- CPI inflation jumped to 2.1% year-over-year from 1.5% in December as energy price inflation surged to 12%. Today's reading is well above the consensus forecast of 1.6% and marks the first time inflation has exceeded 2% since October 2014.
The all items index rose 0.9% on a monthly, unadjusted basis in January, marking the strongest increase in two years. A good portion of the gain reflected a 4.5% rise in the energy component as both gasoline and natural gas prices picked up strongly. Newly-introduced carbon pricing schemes in Ontario and Alberta were major factors, although higher commodity prices ....     More >>
Weekly Commentary
The Rise of the Institutional Investor - Feb 23, 2017
By Peter G. Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist, Export Development Canada
Financing is the lifeblood of an economy. Take it away, and the wheels turn very slowly...or not at all. Compromise it, and the negative effects are widespread. The world has lived that since the Great Recession. Some of the world's best-known banks faced an asset meltdown that threatened their viability. At the same time, the startling prospect of bailing out their extensive global operations fell to their country alone which in more than one case would have been greater than the country could handle. Small wonder there has been a concerted effort across the developed world in the recession's aftermath to shore up the financial system. Are things getting put back together?
Slowly but surely, yes. Regulation has been the main response, and Canadians have figured prominently in various key ...     More >>
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