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Canadian banks positioned to absorb credit losses: Moody’s

Accounting rule changes, less risky loans and government support measures have banks ready for possible loan losses

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Federal deficit reached $268B in January

The "deep slide" in the deficit reflects economic deterioration and pandemic response spending


U.S. consumer spending dropped 1% in February

Consumers' spending and personal incomes both fell sharply

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Leveraged firms aren’t out of bankruptcy danger just yet, paper warns

The gap between expected and actual insolvencies may shrink

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SPAC mania likely unsustainable, DBRS says

Creating more investor-friendly structures may be the key to long-term viability of shell company deals

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First-time buyers in the Prairies eager to enter the housing market

Buyers in Ontario, B.C. and Quebec are less optimistic about now being a good time to buy

  • By: IE Staff
  • March 25, 2021 March 25, 2021
  • 10:59
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Ontario pledges $5 million for new mining exploration

A new program will enable junior mining companies to seek up to $200,000 per project

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Ontario provides second round of support to small businesses

The province is doubling the small business grant and introducing a new grant for tourism and hospitality businesses

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Canadian banks remain well armed: Moody’s

Credit loss provisions accumulated during the pandemic should see the banks through 2021

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Unwinding of household savings won’t threaten financial markets

Banks are mostly sitting on households' extra cash, research finds


Canadian venture capital investments totalled $4.4B in 2020

The amount was second only to 2019's $6.2 billion

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Hardest hit businesses call for extension of federal wage, rent subsidies

Sectors that rely on in-person customers won't recover by summer, business groups said

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Runaway inflation unlikely, suggest economists

Large consumer price increases are an exception, not a rule, says an RBC report

  • By: IE Staff
  • March 24, 2021 March 24, 2021
  • 12:17
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Investment-grade debt offers attractive risk-adjusted returns: survey

Fixed income managers expect spreads to remain rangebound over the next 12 months

  • By: IE Staff
  • March 23, 2021 March 23, 2021
  • 15:19
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Frothy markets to buoy Wall Street in 2021: Fitch

Strong market-based activities will underpin earnings at large global firms

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Pandemic drove hiring trends in Q4: StatsCan

Job openings in healthcare jumped, while vacancies in gyms and restaurants plunged

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Poverty was in retreat pre-Covid, and relief efforts likely prevented its revival

Statistics Canada reported that government supports offset a sharp drop in household income

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CEOs shift focus to the “S” in ESG

Many CEOs have been thinking about their “corporate purpose” when it comes to responding to the pandemic

  • By: IE Staff
  • March 23, 2021 March 23, 2021
  • 11:16
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Overstimulated? Stocks soar 75% in historic 12-month run

The market bottomed out on March 23 last year after wiping out roughly three years' worth of gains in a month

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Loneliness adds to at-risk seniors’ vulnerability: report

FINRA found that isolation can impact decision-making, including when it comes to finances

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Canaccord joins S&P/TSX Composite index

The addition comes as the firm seeks a tie-up with RF Capital

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Canada retains AAA rating from DBRS

Government still has capacity to support recovery and outlook is stable


Canada’s high-yield firms bested U.S. counterparts in pandemic: Moody’s

Speculative-grade issuance is seen rising in 2021 amid investor appetite for yield

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Retail sales fell for a second consecutive month

Sales dropped 1.1% to $52.5 billion, said Statistics Canada

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Canadian equities managers underperformed in a volatile year

In 2020, equities funds trailed the S&P/TSX by almost 5%

  • By: IE Staff
  • March 18, 2021 March 18, 2021
  • 15:28