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Economics /  • June 12, 2019
Cool to the touch
A low inflation rate is steadying borrowing costs while causing some to wonder if changes to mortgage regulations created too much of a chill.

The slow rate of inflation — despite Statistics Canada recording a slight rise this past February — means the Bank of Canada will likely hold off on raising interest rates, the Canadian Press reports. Statistics Canada figures indicated an 8.1 pe...

Economics / Technology /  • April 11, 2019
The landscape ahead
Credit unions in the 21st century will be greatly affected by emerging socioeconomic and technology trends.

Earlier this year, the Filene Research Institute, a Madison, Wis.-based credit union and consumer-finance think tank, released a report titled The Credit Union of the Twenty-First Century. Comprehensively researched, the report looks at a ...

Economics /  • January 31, 2019
Real estate trends for 2019
This coming year will see higher interest rates and real estate prices as well as the development of more imaginative home layouts accessorized with smart technology.

In the rapidly changing Canadian real estate landscape, new homeowners as well as the real estate industry are in for big changes this year, according to a study, titled Emerging Trends in Canadian Real Estate, released this past fall by Pri...

Economics /  • November 20, 2018
Driving force
A snapshot of the growing economic and social impact of credit unions in Canada.

Canadian credit unions remain a multi-billion dollar force to be reckoned with. The Canadian Credit Union Association recently released its 2018 Credit Union Community and Economic Impact Report tallying the influence of the country’s ...

Economics / Sustainability /  • August 14, 2018
Green bonding with the planet
The global green bond market is experiencing a growth spurt.

Climate change and global warming is the defining issue of our time, caused by the planet’s atmosphere trapping heat, a phenomenon known as the greenhouse effect. The gases that contribute to this include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous o...

Economics /  • June 27, 2018
Ten year anniversary of the financial crisis
The 2008 bankruptcy of the Lehman Brothers bank in the United States sparked a near-collapse of the world’s financial system. Is the West in full remission?

It has been a decade since the global economy sunk into a Great Recession following the bankruptcy of the Lehman Brothers investment bank, which precipitated a domino effect that swept Europe, sparking a debt crisis. How well have Western na...

Business / Economics /  • April 23, 2018
A bit of controversy

In 2014, the American Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist, businessman and actor 50 Cent (born Curtis Jackson III) allowed fans to use cryptocurrency to buy his album Animal Ambition, as a way for him to “stay with the times.” The sales stunt rak...

Economics / Human Interest /  • February 20, 2018
Mind the Gap
Canada is a bountiful country — for some.

Last year, Global Finance Magazine ranked the world’s countries according to their gross domestic product (GDP) and purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita, based upon 2016 data from the International Monetary Fund. Of the world’s wealth...

Economics / Human Interest /  • December 21, 2017
Census 2016
Statistics Canada releases census figures from 2015 showing incomes on the upswing.

New census results released by Statistics Canada this past September indicate that a majority of Canadians saw their incomes rise in the decade from 2005 to 2015. The median income of individuals rose 12.7 per cent to $34,204 in 2015, a...

Economics /  • June 23, 2017
Borrowing Spree
Canadian households carry the biggest debt-to-income load in the G7.


Community Development / Economics /  • February 21, 2017
Economic pillar
By investing profits back into communities, credit unions create twice as many jobs as Canada’s largest banks.

By investing profits back into communities, credit unions create twice as many jobs as Canada’s largest banks.

Economics / Sustainability /  • July 1, 2015
Responsible investment in Canada
Check out our primer on ethical investment, from strategies to screening

Climate change, labour rights, executive compensation. These issues matter to Canadians, as evidenced by a 68 per cent increase in the RI sector over two years.

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