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Pandemic turns payrolls into a lagging indicator

Job market still playing catchup, even as demand is slowing, Fitch says

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U.S. class action settlements surge in 2022

Strong investor recoveries expected to continue in the year ahead

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Savings stockpile proves resilient: RBC

Pandemic-era deposits intact, likely to persist amid diminished confidence

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After a slip in 2022, venture activity faces tougher future

KPMG sees slowdown for VC investment in 2023

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Global dividends face a flat 2023: S&P

Payouts to stay flat as companies face rising recession risk

Federal Reserve and the markets in standoff on rate hikes

Sooner or later, someone has to blink

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Mutual funds saw $44B in net redemptions last year: IFIC

December was another negative month for mutual funds, while ETF sales ended the year firmly in positive territory

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Interest in responsible investing wavers amid greenwashing concerns

Survey finds interest in RI is declining in the face of challenges

FINTRAC issues guidance on financial crimes associated with sex trafficking

Loonie to gain as rate hikes cease: CIBC

The U.S. dollar is expected to soften as rates peak, giving way to other drivers

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Fed’s climate exercise will pay off for banks

The review will help banks beef up climate planning and data gathering, Moody's says

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A quarter of Canadians think prices will eventually fall. Here’s why that’s unlikely

For now, the central bank's worries are far removed from fears of deflation

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EI benefit recipients dwindle in November

Falling numbers of fired workers likely drove record low EI numbers

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Credit card debt hits record high

Mortgage debt growth remains sluggish alongside weaker housing markets, StatsCan finds

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Pandemic wealth gains wiped out: StatsCan

A "perfect storm" drove a drop in household net worth in Q3

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Federal Reserve vice-chair backs smaller hikes, saying inflation easing

However, interest rates must remain elevated "for some time," Brainard said

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Outlook for life insurers remains stable: DBRS Morningstar

Rising interest rates should boost life insurers’ portfolios in the longer term

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Rate hikes have begun to quell U.S. inflation: Fed’s Mester

Mester's comments are notable because she is among the more consistently hawkish members

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Corporate credit conditions deteriorating in Europe

Growing macroeconomic headwinds weighing on credit outlooks, Fitch says

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Canadian consumers defy gloom in holiday season: TD

Data from the bank's customers suggest strong Q4 retail sales

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Raw material prices pull back in December: StatsCan

Energy prices lead decline, while lumber and metals drop too

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Investors returned to foreign stocks in November: StatsCan

Canadians bought U.S. stocks while foreign investors added Canadian equities and government debt

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Bond funds to lead U.S. industry rebound, report says

As active equity funds lose ground, passive, fixed income and alternative funds will gain

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Despite inflation slowing in December, BoC still expected to hike rates

The annual inflation rate slowed last month to 6.3%

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Oil price outlook volatile, uncertain: Moody’s

Economic risks and supply constraints underpin a cloudy forecast

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First inventory decline in two years: StatsCan

Manufacturing sales flat, new and unfilled order activity softens in November