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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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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Why ESG is outperforming the market

Apr 27, 2020 |Alex Albrecht
On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, sustainability may seem like the last thing on a troubled market’s mind. And yet, through the crisis, ESG-focussed investments have outperformed the market, and may be positioned to excel as governments design the...
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What the collapse of crude prices means for the oil market

Apr 27, 2020 |Alex Albrecht
For the first time, the price of West Texas Intermediate on futures markets plunged into negative territory. It’s the market sending oil producers a message: “We’re awash in oil. Please shut in production.” RBC Capital Markets’ Energy Strategist Michael...
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How COVID-19 is affecting investment strategies

Apr 27, 2020 |Alex Albrecht
The global pandemic has roiled financial markets and changed the game for investors. For the past several weeks, investors have been tested on multiple fronts: lower risk premiums thanks to unprecedented central bank stimulus, disrupted business models...
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How Big Tech is using a downturn to its advantage

Apr 27, 2020 |Alex Albrecht
Amazon’s stock surged this week, hitting a new all-time high on Tuesday. The latest spark: Online shopping for basics like groceries is so intense that Amazon announced plans to hire 75,000 more workers, on top of the 100,000 it’s already added in the...
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A downturn like no other

Apr 27, 2020 |Alex Albrecht
This may be the darkest quarter on record for the Canadian economy. Our consumer-driven economy could make a rebuild even tougher, as we all tend to our wounds and avoid public places for months to come. As GDP declines and unemployment reaches unprecedented...
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How Donald Trump’s Fed became the world’s central bank

Apr 27, 2020 |Alex Albrecht
Global markets have rarely seen the volatility they endured in March, but in recent days a degree of calm has returned. One big reason is the Fed’s quiet role in extending liquidity lifelines to countries around the world, essentially doing for them what...
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A COVID cure? Watch for wishful thinking

Apr 27, 2020 |Alex Albrecht
The race is on for vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. Brian Abrahams, RBC’s Co-Head of Biotechnology Research, has some hope based on what he’s seeing but cautions we’re “in the early innings.” A vaccine is probably not realistic before 2021, he warns...
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The Eurozone’s Next Crisis

Apr 24, 2020 |Alex Albrecht
Good news, the rate of growth of new COVID-19 cases in Europe appears to be slowing. Bad news, the economic cost is just beginning to hit home. With a deep and broad recession underway, the eurozone is again divided over how to stabilize the economy and...
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