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5 February 2024

Reading the Tea Leaves on the Fed’s Policy Decision

Much of understanding central bankers is interpreting changes in their policy statements. As expected, the Federal Reserve (the Fed) left its policy rate unchanged and maintained the current pace of quantitative tightening in its January meeting. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), however, made significant changes to the policy statement, suggesting an upward revision in…

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31 January 2024
Improving Affordability by Financing Infrastructure More Efficiently

Canada’s federal government has a long history of involvement in municipal infrastructure assistance. In 1938, the government passed the Municipal Improvements Assistance Act, which facilitated loans from 1938 to 1940, primarily aimed at addressing unemployment by supporting sewage and water improvement projects. It was in this spirit of generating employment and economic growth, as well…

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30 January 2024
When Will the Fed Declare Victory on Inflation?

The U.S. economic expansion shows no sign of abating. With strong consumer spending, a solid labour market, and inflation at the doorstep of price stability, the outlook is solid. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is calling for Q1 growth of 3%, following growth of 3.3% in the fourth quarter. It is looking more likely…

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24 January 2024
Clarity on the Expanded Canada Mortgage Bond (CMB) Program

In the 2023 Fall Economic Statement, the government announced that it would purchase $30 billion of Canada Mortgage Bonds (CMBs). This commitment followed an earlier statement that it would increase the annual issuance limit from $40 to $60 billion. The primary objective of this initiative is to offer affordable funds to developers for the construction…

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23 January 2024
What to Expect from the Economy in 2024

Relief from rising interest rates is finally in sight. Bond yields have started to fall and major central banks are expected to cut their policy interest rates in the coming months. Against this backdrop, what can we expect from the US and Canadian economy in 2024? Below we offer our thoughts. US Outlook The U.S….

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16 January 2024
How CMHC Can Support Affordable Housing

Affordable housing faces a significant hurdle in the form of high land costs. One type of land that hasn’t received sufficient consideration in our national housing strategy is brownfields. Brownfield properties refer to vacant, idle, or underutilized sites where prior industrial or commercial activities may have caused environmental contamination, posing challenges for expansion or redevelopment….

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15 January 2024
CPI versus PCE – Which is the Best US Inflation Measure?

In December, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed a 0.3% increase in inflation, with shelter costs contributing to more than half of this monthly rise. While the CPI is one measure of inflation, the Federal Reserve primarily relies on the price index for personal consumption expenditures (PCE) for its policy setting decisions, and has since…

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