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Higher interest rates: the latest contagion?

Canada and the U.S. see their first serious whiffs of economic growth in ages and what happens? Our central banks race to put on the brakes. As long as inflation’s still negligible, why not let the good times roll?
By Ian McGugan
October 4th, 2017

Nobody ever claimed it was easy to be a central banker, but at least your guiding principles used to be clear enough. If you spotted signs that inflation was growing uncomfortably strong, you would hike interest rates to slow the … Continue reading

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Low rate rendezvous

Outside the U.S., interest rates are trending down, not up. For the Bank of Canada, the goal is a lower dollar that boosts exports. But if you’re counting on that for your business, here are a few thoughts to keep in mind
By Ian McGugan
May 15th, 2015

Beware falling interest rates. They’re evidence of how desperately most countries want to goose their underperforming economies and mark down their currencies. Since the oil price crash last year, roughly two dozen central banks around the world have eased back … Continue reading

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Going to extremes

With interest rates near zero, central banks are looking at new, more exotic ways to boost growth. Suggestions: a long-term rate freeze, setting targets for nominal GDP rather than inflation, or—yes—putting a tax on savings
By Ian McGugan
September 25th, 2012

Happy birthday, financial crisis. Five years ago, in August 2007, BNP Paribas announced that because of losses related to U.S. housing loans, it was freezing three investment funds that at their peak had been worth more than $2 billion. So, … Continue reading

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