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Trudeau’s proposed speculation tax

Posted by Nick Falvo under BC, bubble, cities, economic thought, foreign investment/ownership, globalization, housing, inequality, interest rates, investment, Liberal Party policy, monetary policy, municipalities, Ontario, party politics, prices, private equity, regulation, Role of government, taxation, Toronto, wealth. September 25th, 2019Comments: none I’ve written a blog post about the Trudeau Liberals’ recently-proposed speculation tax on residential real estate owned...

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MEDIA RELEASE: Alberta should increase social spending; cuts are not the way to go

(June 24, 2019-Calgary) With Alberta’s economy still facing challenges and vulnerabilities, the Alberta government should not be doling out tax cuts or cutting social spending, according to the Alberta Alternative Budget (AAB) released today. “Alberta still has, by far, the lowest debt-to-GDP ratio of any province,” says Nick Falvo, editor of the report. “We are in a good position to increase spending on education, invest in affordable child care, offer free dental care to Albertans...

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What Impact will the 2019 Federal Budget have on Canada’s Housing Market?

I’ve written a blog post about what the recent federal budget means for Canada’s housing market. Points I make in the blog post include the following: -The budget contains several initiatives designed to make it easier for households of modest means to become homeowners. -Such initiatives are often framed as being win-win propositions, while their unintended consequences are rarely discussed. The link to the full blog post is here. Enjoy and share:

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Ontario Electricity VII – Committee Testimony

The PC Government in Ontario has introduced Bill 87 which would eliminate the rate-based borrowing to subsidize electricity prices and replace it with Government borrowing. Last week’s Provincial Budget estimates that the required borrowing to subsidize electricity prices for 2018/19 was $2.8 billion. It is likely to exceed $3 billion in 2019/20. Ontario is the only jurisdiction in North America where the Government would directly subsidize electricity prices. Today the Government...

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More on retail sales, plus Amazon, Facebook and the national emergency

I wanted to switch things up a bit for today’s post and focus in the news. What I am going to do is present you with news as presented by traditional media. And then I am going to give you ‘my take’ on the story. Hopefully, this will highlight what is being unsaid or offer analysis that’s not being provided. Retail sales Big banks are busy lowering their Q4 GDP estimates after the huge miss on retail sales yesterday. I’ve seen Morgan Stanley and Barclays both lower their numbers....

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More on retail sales, plus Amazon, Facebook and the national emergency

I wanted to switch things up a bit for today’s post and focus in the news. What I am going to do is present you with news as presented by traditional media. And then I am going to give you ‘my take’ on the story. Hopefully, this will highlight what is being unsaid or offer analysis that’s not being provided. Retail sales Big banks are busy lowering their Q4 GDP estimates after the huge miss on retail sales yesterday. I’ve seen Morgan Stanley and Barclays both lower their numbers....

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Rent Control in Ontario

2018 State of the Inner City Report: Green Light Go...Improving Transportation Equity December 7, 2018Getting to doctors appointments, going to school, to work, attending social engagments, picking up groceries and even going to the beach should all affordable and accessible.  Check out Ellen Smirl's reserach on transportation equity in Winnipeg in this year's State of the Inner City Report! Canadian Centre for Policy AlternativesInclusionary housing in a slow-growth city like Winnipeg...

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US economic strength continues as yields begin to climb

Edward Harrison is the founder of Credit Writedowns and a former career diplomat, investment banker and technology executive with over twenty five years of business experience. He has also been a regular economic and financial commentator in print and on television for the past decade. He speaks six languages and reads another five, skills he uses to provide a more global perspective. Edward holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.

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How Trump can thank his presidency to the lack of prosecution of white-collar criminals after the financial crisis

By Marshall Auerback This post first appeared on Alternet In the aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, bank officials at HSBC admitted to the Department of Justice that the bank violated the Bank Secrecy Act, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Trading with the Enemy Act. This amounted to one of the largest and most destructive money laundering and anti-terror finance sanctions-busting in history. Fines were leveled, but no senior bankers went...

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On the economics of the Google Android case

By Alexandre de Cornière and Greg Taylor This post was first published on Vox A general challenge facing competition authorities in the digital era is learning how to apply the traditional tools of competition policy in multi-sided platform environments. This column argues that the Google Android case offers a great example of the need to consider the implications of the market’s two-sidedness. It also argues that bundling can, in fact, be profitable by virtue of its effect on competition...

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