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BoC Doublespeak on Rate Hikes Muddies the Waters

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The Bank of Canada’s latest decision to hike the benchmark interest rate to 1.75% is just the latest in its series of tightening measures meant to address household risks, but Dr. Sherry Cooper of the Dominion Lending Centres would’ve preferred the bank to be clearer about its future plans.

“The Bank of Canada believes the economy will grow about 2% per year in 2018, 2019 and 2020, in line with their upwardly revised estimate of…Click here for full article

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Bank of Canada Survey Says Canadian Businesses are Optimistic

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A new Bank of Canada poll suggested Monday that companies are optimistic about the year ahead — especially when it comes to sales growth, foreign demand and their investment plans.

The quarterly survey was conducted between mid-August and mid-September — before Canada agreed to an updated North American free trade deal that has alleviated some of the economic uncertainty.

The upbeat results were released a little over a week before the Bank of Canada’s next policy decision, which is widely expected to produce another interest rate…Click for full article

Bank of Canada Survey Says Canadian Businesses are Optimistic

Shoppers

A new Bank of Canada poll suggested Monday that companies are optimistic about the year ahead — especially when it comes to sales growth, foreign demand and their investment plans.

The quarterly survey was conducted between mid-August and mid-September — before Canada agreed to an updated North American free trade deal that has alleviated some of the economic uncertainty.

The upbeat results were released a little over a week before the Bank of Canada’s next policy decision, which is widely expected to produce another interest rate…Click for full article

The Most Splendid Housing Bubbles in America

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Home prices in the US surged 6.0% in July compared to a year ago (not seasonally-adjusted), and 0.4% compared to June, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index released this morning. The index is now 11.2% above the July 2006 peak of the first housing bubble in this millennium, “Housing Bubble 1,” which was called a “healthy” housing market during it, and was called “bubble” and “unsustainable” only after its collapse. However, collective memory changes, and now, this peak of the collapsed bubble has become the new-normal base of what is once again a “healthy” housing market. The index has surged 53% from the bottom of “Housing Bust 1”. CLICK for complete article

The Most Splendid Housing Bubbles in America

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Home prices in the US surged 6.0% in July compared to a year ago (not seasonally-adjusted), and 0.4% compared to June, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index released this morning. The index is now 11.2% above the July 2006 peak of the first housing bubble in this millennium, “Housing Bubble 1,” which was called a “healthy” housing market during it, and was called “bubble” and “unsustainable” only after its collapse. However, collective memory changes, and now, this peak of the collapsed bubble has become the new-normal base of what is once again a “healthy” housing market. The index has surged 53% from the bottom of “Housing Bust 1”. CLICK for complete article