Housing Softens in August

General Jon Muir 15 Sep

Housing Softens in August Housing Softens in August. The full effects of the most recent rate hikes have not yet manifested. Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show that the slowdown that began in March in response to higher interest rates continued in August, albeit at a slower pace. Home sales […]

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Job Market Weakens As Economy Slows

General Jon Muir 9 Sep

Job Market Weakens As Economy Slows The August employment report, released this morning by Statistics Canada, was considerably weaker than expected. Higher interest rates have slowed the red-hot labour market. The Canadian economy shed 39,700 jobs in August, missing market expectations of a 15,000 rise and bringing cumulative declines since May 2022 to 113,500 (see […]

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The Bank of Canada Hiked Rates Again

General Jon Muir 7 Sep

The Bank of Canada Hiked Rates Again The Governing Council of the Bank of Canada raised its target for the overnight policy rate by 75 basis points today to 3.25% and signalled that the policy rate would rise further. The Bank is also continuing its policy of quantitative tightening (QT), reducing its holdings of Government […]

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Inflation in Canada

General Jon Muir 17 Aug

Inflation in Canada Inflation in Canada. Inflation in Canada has come down a little, but it remains far too high. After rising rapidly to reach 8.1 per cent in June, inflation as measured by the consumer price index (CPI) was 7.6 per cent in July. The good news is that it looks like inflation may […]

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Housing Slowdown Continues in July

General Jon Muir 15 Aug

Housing Slowdown Continues in July Housing Slowdown Continues in July. Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show that the slowdown that began in March in response to higher interest rates continued in July, albeit at a slower pace. Home sales recorded over Canadian MLS® Systems fell by 5.3% between June and […]

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Good News on the Inflation Front

General Jon Muir 10 Aug

Good News on the Inflation Front Good News on the Inflation Front. It was widely expected that US consumer price inflation would decelerate in July, reflecting the decline in energy prices that peaked in early June. The US CPI was unchanged last month following its 1.3% spike in June. This reduced the year-over-year inflation rate […]

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The Canadian Economy Is Slowing

General Jon Muir 5 Aug

The Canadian Economy Is Slowing–Job Markets Will Begin To Shift The Canadian Economy Is Slowing. The July employment report, released this morning by Statistics Canada, is a real head-scratcher. The job numbers fell for a second consecutive month, but so did the number of job seekers, so the unemployment rate remained unchanged at a historic […]

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The Canadian Economy Is Slowing

General Jon Muir 5 Aug

The Canadian Economy is Slowing The July employment report, released this morning by Statistics Canada, is a real head-scratcher. The job numbers fell for a second consecutive month, but so did the number of job seekers, so the unemployment rate remained unchanged at a historic low of 4.9%. I have been pondering the profusion of […]

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Canadian Inflation Surged to 8.1% in June

General Jon Muir 22 Jul

Canadian Inflation Surged to 8.1% in June Canadian Inflation Surged to 8.1% in June. Another bad inflation number was posted today. The rate of consumer inflation continued to rise, reaching 8.1% year over year (y/y) in June, following the 7.7% gain in May. The increase was the largest yearly change since January 1983. The acceleration […]

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