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Jul. 31, 2020

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT Canada’s May crude-by-rail shipments fell to 58,048 barrels per day (vs peak of 412,000 bpd in February), the lowest in 4 years. Shell Oil CEO says that “demand will take… Read More

Jul. 24, 2020

ANGUS WATT ADVISORY GROUP SUMMER UPDATE 2020 Market momentum is due to continued support from the Federal Reserve and other central banks. Wearing masks can allow the economy grow at 90% of capacity. COVID-19… Read More

Jul. 17, 2020

CONTINUING SUPPORT FOR THE CANADIAN ECONOMY Canadian Federal Government is providing provinces and territories with $19 billion in direct transfers for a ‘safe restart’ of the economy. Funding focuses on 7 priority areas: $4.2… Read More

Jul. 10, 2020

CANADIAN JUNE EMPLOYMENT DATA Canada added 953,000 jobs in June vs 700,000 expected (488,000 full-time & 465,000 part-time). Unemployment rate 12.3% vs 13.7% in May 400,000 fewer people were working from home in June… Read More

Jul. 3, 2020

ALBERTA REBOOTING ECONOMY – SUMMARY COURTESY OF CATHERINE KEILL, KEILL & CO At the height of the pandemic, 85% of businesses representing 96% of Alberta’s economy continued operating. Current unemployment rate is 15%. Lowering… Read More

Jun. 26, 2020

VACCINE AND TREATMENT UPDATE There are more than 100 projects around the world developing a COVID-19 vaccine, 8 are currently being tested on people. Large scale testing could begin as early as July Vaccine… Read More

Jun. 19, 2020

ECONOMIC UPDATE WITH MARTIN LEFEBVRE, NATIONAL BANK FINANCIAL’S CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER AND MARTIN GAGNON, CO-PRESIDENT AND EVP We are at the beginning of a new cycle supported by central banks around the world. We… Read More

Jun. 12, 2020

TO WEAR A MASK IN PUBLIC OR NOT? 99% of residents in Hong Kong (population 7.5 million) wore masks during the COVID-19 outbreak; Hong Kong recorded only 4 deaths. (vs NYC population 8.4 million… Read More

Jun. 5, 2020

NORTH AMERICAN JOBS DATA REFLECTS REOPENING CANADA: added 290,000 (+1.8%) jobs in May vs expectation of 500,000 loss. COVID related absences dropped 292,000 (-8.6%), returning to jobs 219,000 full-time and 70,000 part-time jobs added… Read More

May 29, 2020

COVID-19 – ECONOMIES AROUND THE WORLD CONTINUE TO REOPEN 29 Canadian National Parks reopen for day-use June 1st. France is lifting the 100 km travel restriction June 2nd. Paris is reopening parks and public… Read More