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Recent Articles

February 17, 2017

Immigration Policy and Trends in Canada

Amidst a world increasingly suspicious of the touted benefits of globalization, Canada continues to lay out the welcome mat to those born outside of its borders. Laura Cooper, Economist, RBC Capital Markets, shares her thoughts on how immigration policy is impacting economin trends across Canada.

February 8, 2017

Helima Croft on Energy Performance

Helima Croft, Global Director of Commodity Strategy, RBC Capital Markets, speaks on CNBC, weighing in on the pronounced move lower in the energy sector.

February 7, 2017

The George Davis Report: February 2017 Edition

Our Chief Technical Analyst for Fixed Income and Currency Strategy, George Davis, CMT, discusses the two factors that have contributed to substantial price-moves in the Canadian Dollar to begin the New Year.

January 30, 2017

Elsa Lignos: Why Canada Stands to Lose from NAFTA Changes

Elsa Lignos, Head of FX Strategy, RBC Capitals Markets, was featured on Bloomberg discussing the currency market and the risks to Canada from possible NAFTA renegotiations.

January 27, 2017

Dave McKay on Davos 2017: Slippery Roads Ahead

Dave McKay, President & Chief Executive Officer, Royal Bank of Canada, recently returned from the World Economic Forum in Davos. He shares his views from the forum, including the ten biggest questions for 2017.

January 23, 2017

Peter Schaffrik on Europe’s Direction in 2017

At a recent RBC Capital Markets 2017 Outlook Breakfast, Peter Schaffrik, Global Macro Strategist, discusses the European direction and the importance of politics in 2017.

January 17, 2017

Tom Porcelli’s views on the US Economy as 2017 Begins

A recently released survey has shown that small business optimism in the US has risen to a 12-year high. Tom Porcelli, Chief US Economist, RBC Capital Markets, spoke to BNN and shared his insights on what drives this optimism, and whether it’s actually warranted.

January 17, 2017

Helima Croft on the Global Energy Forum

Helima Croft, RBC’s global director of commodity strategy, spoke this week at the Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi. John Stackhouse, Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO at RBC spoke to Helima after the forum.

January 9, 2017

The George Davis Report: January 2017 Edition

Our Chief Technical Analyst for Fixed Income and Currency Strategy, George Davis, CMT, reviews the forecast profile for the Canadian dollar as we commence 2017.

January 9, 2017

Opportunities and Risks for Canadian Provincial Economies

Provincial economies were shaped in 2016 by many developments—expected and unexpected, domestic and international. Many of these developments are likely to have a significant impact this year as well. Among them: Ottawa’s fiscal stimulus plan, the tightening of mortgage-insurance rules, the new 15% tax on foreign homebuyers in Metro Vancouver, Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and OPEC’s announcement of oil-production cuts.


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