Category Archives: Economy

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Don’t look down

When is the economy like an airplane? When it’s flying at stall speed. That’s Canada and the U.S. now. When planes stall, they can crash. If our economies follow suit, how should companies react?
By Ian McGugan
October 7th, 2011

When it comes to economics, few things are more treacherous than a bad metaphor. Take, for instance, the notion that prevailed well into the summer— and prevails still in some quarters—that business these days is just in a bit of … Continue reading

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The prices are all right

There may be lots of things to worry about when it comes to the economic outlook—but inflation isn’t one of them
By Ian McGugan
June 25th, 2011

Statistics Canada shook things up when it reported that consumer prices surged 3.3% in the 12-month period ending March 31. It was the largest year-over-year increase in inflation since September 2008. Meanwhile, oil prices have soared, food costs are up … Continue reading

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Second-quarter smackdown

Will it be full recovery or relapse? The next three months could tell the story, with the release of some key economic data and updates on critical indicators to show the way
By Ian McGugan
March 25th, 2011

So the patient is off life support and taking regular exercise. At times he can look nearly frisky. But you have to wonder about the repeated transfusions he’s receiving, not to mention the special diet. Is it possible that he’s … Continue reading

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