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The Canadian Housing Market: Drivers, Issues, and Forecasts

One of the most controversial areas of the Canadian economy over the past several years has been the booming housing market, primarily led by the urban markets of Toronto and Vancouver. Proponents state that strong price rallies spur demand for home construction, while detractors list…

The Impact of the Fort McMurray Wildfires

  Alberta’s recent forest fire disaster seems to be never-ending, and Fort McMurray’s wildfire has had – and will continue to have – devastating impacts on both Alberta, and Canada as a nation. The blaze began from the exceptionally dry conditions and strong winds in…

The Hidden Fees of Mutual Fund Investing

As of late, we at MacNicol & Associates Asset Management have been performing an increased number of obligation free portfolio reviews, which we offer to any individual who may be interested in obtaining a second opinion on their account holdings and management. Through this, we…

The Story Behind the Remembrance Day Poppy

This is the story of how the red field poppy came to be known as an internationally recognized symbol of Remembrance. From its association with poppies flowering in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli this vivid red flower has…

What Drives Exchange Rates?

  Along with plunging oil prices, volatility within the foreign exchange markets has far-and-away been one of the most paramount headlines of the waning months of 2014; however, despite the visibility and relevance of the issue, many individuals remain uninformed as to what exactly drives…

Dodd-Frank and Wall Street Reform

  Four years ago yesterday, Barack Obama signed an important piece of financial regulation into law: The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, or Dodd-Frank for short.  The primary goal of this act was to rectify and amend the poor procedures which led…

The Economics of LeBron’s Homecoming

  Few sporting stories have the power to bridge political and cultural divides. Typically, stories about sport tend to be about one of two things: stories of victory or of scandal. We can collectively celebrate the accomplishments of Canadian tennis prodigy Genie Bouchard or we…

Toronto, Urbanization and the Future

Yesterday, we discussed how urbanization was affecting the developing world; for the most part, these nations are encountering these levels of urbanization for the first time, and thus the effects of the process have been exacerbated. A tremendous amount of strain is being placed on…

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