8 Ways COVID Will Transform the Economy and Disrupt Every Business

May 25, 2020 |John Stackhouse

If there is one lesson from the pandemic of 2020, it may be this: We are biological beings in a digital age.

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What’s ahead for the loonie

May 25, 2020 |Alex Albrecht
The loonie has defied expectations during the recent rout in oil markets, hitching its wagon to another driver. Move over crude, hello equities. But the road ahead still has bumps, with implications for USD/CAD foreign exchange. How will extended travel...
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The road to recovery for Canada’s provinces

May 25, 2020 |Alex Albrecht

RBC Senior Economist Robert Hogue joins us for a special series on Canada’s regional economic outlooks.

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Can business stimulus hasten the “swoosh” recovery?

May 25, 2020 |Alex Albrecht
Hopes for a V-shaped recovery – a short, sharp collapse followed by a bounce-back to pre-crisis activity – have been replaced by expectations of a “swoosh.” That is, a large drop followed by a slow incline. To bend the curve, Canadian policy makers have...
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What a market recovery can look like

May 11, 2020 |Alex Albrecht
The U.S. equities market has rebounded upwards of 30% from its low in March, driven by plenty of good news and investor optimism. But the road ahead is full of curves and unknowns that could slow the momentum or worse. Looking in the rearview mirror,...
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China’s economic recovery still a long way off, despite official reports

May 11, 2020 |Alex Albrecht
China has touted economic re-opening as the central government’s triumph over the COVID-19 virus. But though firms are back to work and factories are up and running, growth hasn’t recovered. In fact, privately gathered data suggest China’s economy continues...
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What we can learn from Australia’s approach to the crisis

May 04, 2020 |Alex Albrecht
Australia is flattening the curve of COVID-19 and moving to reopen its economy—slowly. Thanks to a focus on testing and tracing, authorities are gaining confidence to start easing restrictions, but not without some conditions and challenges still ahead...
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May Day for commercial retail real estate

May 04, 2020 |Alex Albrecht
Commercial rent relief programs could not come soon enough. Small businesses, including retailers, struggling to make rent during the crisis months have been handed a lifeline. But will rent relief programs be enough to bridge them through the crisis?...
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How oil producers can help resolve their own crisis

May 04, 2020 |Alex Albrecht
North American producers have struggled to match the historic collapse in demand. One option is “shut and swap” – an idea that would see governments buy future production so oil companies can “smooth” their revenue and plan output with more confidence...
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Why the world’s biggest banks are relatively stable in this crisis – so far

Apr 27, 2020 |Alex Albrecht
The big U.S. banks have set aside massive loan loss provisions as they prepare for the worst of the COVID crisis. European banks begin to report earnings this week, and are expected to do the same. Yet markets have not lost confidence in the world’s biggest...
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