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…

The Daily – July 11th 2014

July 11th 2014 Daily Market Commentary   ECONOMIC NEWS The Canadian unemployment rate was reported at 7.1%, slightly above estimates of 7%. The net change in employment in Canada was reported at -9.4K, far below estimates of a 20K gain. The participation rate in Canada…

The Global Urban Migration

Do you remember the year 1978? You may have been alive; you might have just been an infant. To refresh your memory, in 1978, Pierre Trudeau was the Canadian Prime Minister, Saturday Night Live had just entered its third season, and the Toronto Maple Leaf’s…

The Daily – July 10th 2014

July 10th 2014 Daily Market Commentary   ECONOMIC NEWS The New Housing Price Index in Canada was reportedly up 0.1% and 1.5% in month-over-month and year-over-year terms, respectively. The Initial Jobless Claims in the U.S. were reported at 304K, below estimates of 316K. Continuing Jobless…

The Daily – July 9th 2014

July 9th 2014 Daily Market Commentary   ECONOMIC NEWS Housing Starts in Canada were reported at 198.2K, above estimates of 189K. MBA Mortgage Applications in the U.S. were reportedly up 1.9%. The Consumer Price Index in China was reportedly down 0.1% and up 2.3% in…

The Daily – July 8th 2014

July 8th 2014 Daily Market Commentary   ECONOMIC NEWS The Redbook index, which measures same-store sales growth in U.S. general merchandisers, was reportedly down 1.2% and up 6% in month-over-month and year-over-year terms, respectively. The NFIB Business Optimism Index for the U.S. was reported at…

The Daily – July 7th 2014

July 7th 2014 Daily Market Commentary   ECONOMIC NEWS Building Permits in Canada were reportedly up 13.8%, above estimates of a 3% increase. The Sentix survey of Investor Confidence for the Eurozone was reported at 10.1, above estimates of 7.5. Commodities: Brent traded at the…

The Daily – July 3rd 2014

July 3rd 2014 Daily Market Commentary   ECONOMIC NEWS Great-West Lifeco Inc., one of Canada’s cheapest stocks, is hunting for more acquisitions to expand its money-management business in the U.S. and Europe. Great-West, Canada’s second-biggest insurer with more than C$806 billion ($756 billion) in assets…

The 2 Minute News Cycle

Hello and welcome back! We hope you all enjoyed your quasi-long weekend. It is now back to reality, our brief blogging hiatus is officially over.   Last week, our attention was drawn to the opening of a new, innovative, all-sports website. Its not just the…

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