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Sustainable funds hold their own as markets tumble worldwide

The pandemic is spotlighting how companies are doing on ESG issues

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US GDP fell 5% in Q1

The 5% drop was the sharpest quarterly decline since Q4 of 2008

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Covid-19 exposes magnitude of ESG risks

How countries and companies cope is increasingly important to investors

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Fitch drops Canada’s AAA rating

Covid-19's massive effects on government finances drive the rating cut

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Financial casualties of Covid-19 face knock-on effects: StatsCan

The fallout includes poor mental health and food insecurity

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How Covid-19 is impacting Canadian VC investment

Companies developing technology for the health care and education sectors have attracted the most investment dollars, KPMG reports

  • By: IE Staff
  • June 24, 2020 June 24, 2020
  • 10:42
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Virus pummels commercial real estate, could end long boom

Working from home and online shopping result in weak demand for office space

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IMF expects global economy to shrink by 4.9% this year

The annual contraction will be the worst since post-WWII

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Credit unions shine on ESG risks: DBRS

Community model drives good ethics, positive social impact

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Asset managers concerned about unethical behaviour, asset mispricing

CFA Institute members were asked how they think the pandemic will affect capital markets

  • By: IE Staff
  • June 23, 2020 June 23, 2020
  • 13:23
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What to expect as the Russell 3000 rebalances

Record trading volumes are expected as "reconstitution" concludes

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Covid-19 to reshape economy, society: Moody’s

Lower growth, higher debt, greater ESG demand seen in post-pandemic world

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Post-Covid recovery calls for creative financing: C.D. Howe

Report calls on government to support innovation, curb uncertainty, for companies

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Halts on fund redemptions are up: Fitch

Valuation concerns are driving the sharp increase in global mutual fund redemption suspensions

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Covid-19 may change banking for good: Moody’s

Rapid shift to digital services and remote working have occurred due to distancing demands

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Companies face years of elevated leverage: Fitch

Restoring corporate balance sheets will take time

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StatsCan finds elevated death rates in Alberta, B.C. and Quebec

Provisional demographic data indicates "excess mortality" since the pandemic arose

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ETF, mutual fund investors show divergent preferences in May

Both product categories recorded net sales of $2.6 billion

  • By: IE Staff
  • June 19, 2020 June 19, 2020
  • 12:23
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StatsCan says retail sales in April dropped 26%

Economists expected a decline of 15%

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Long-term appetite for oil in doubt: Moody’s

Report suggests oil demand may flag for years post-pandemic

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Some provinces feeling more pain than others

Economic recovery from Covid-19 expected to be “slow and gradual”

  • By: IE Staff
  • June 18, 2020 June 18, 2020
  • 14:24
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Banks’ plans derailed by Covid-19: Fitch

Huge Q2 credit provisions not seen growing, unless economy falters further

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The demographic challenge from Covid-19

Pandemic's effect on immigration represents a key economic threat

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Infrastructure projects face Covid-19 challenges: Fitch

Tougher government requirements could upend the economics of P3 projects

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Statistics Canada says annual inflation rate in May sinks to negative 0.4%

It was the second month in a row for negative inflation