Monthly Archives: January 2014

Once again panic artists among hedge funds and day traders oversell the markets

There is hardly ever a dull day on the worlds equity and bond markets. Late last week amid some some gloomy reports on developing country markets and less bullish news about China’s growth rate traders and hedge funds rushed to … Continue reading

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How long will inflation stay low ? Have we entered a new age of low inflation , slower growth and sluggish employment ?

The question on many people’s minds in the financial and futures markets is all about judging the future inflation rate. Inflation has not been a problem for most of the past decade and certainly not a problem since the crash … Continue reading

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Unemployment Rises in Canada, falls in U.S. but weak numbers in both countries suggest possible slow down

Statistics Canada and the U.S. bureau of labour statistics published their December unemployment numbers and there are signs of potential trouble in both sets of numbers. The unemployment rate rose in Canada to 7.2% and fell in the U.S. to … Continue reading

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Poli 349:Political and social theory and the city Course outline winter 2014.

This course focuses on the rise of the metropolis and its links to economic and technical change that underlay the beginnings of nineteenth and twentieth century industrial capitalism. The city has always played a central role in both conservative and radical … Continue reading

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Poli 212 Politics and Economy winter 2014 course outline

This course is a survey course which introduces students to the study of political economy a discipline which draws on the sub field in political science but also on the history of economic thought, policy analysis, economic history, neoclassical economics … Continue reading

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Demographic slowdown in U.S. may be one of the causes of the deep recession and slow recovery

First of all a healthy and happy New Year to everyone. With any luck and some good policies this year should be more prosperous for more people than 2013.  We are beginning the sixth year since the crash and financial … Continue reading

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