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Recent Articles

April 20, 2018

Oil Exposed to Price Spikes as Storage Shock Absorber Disappears

According to Michael Tran, our Global Energy Strategist, brent oil prices are in little danger of dipping below a barrel for the rest of the year and could leap higher given the rapid fading of the stock overhang that has been plaguing the market.

April 20, 2018

Part 3 - The Dilemma Between Tangible Decisions and Inaccurate Pricing

‘Phantom liquidity’ at the dated portion of the forward pricing curve is misleading markets by skewing term pricing, and, ultimately, impacting the investment decisions of global oil projects and therefore the next cycle.

April 19, 2018

Part 2 - Structural Issues and the Global Investment Cycle: a front rally but term prices remain worryingly low

In this series we explore phantom liquidity and the implications for the next cycle.

April 17, 2018

Mergers and Acquisitions Dominate Mining Sector

Paul Hissey, our Mining Analyst in Australia, joined Sky News to discuss his take on why now is the right time for M&A in the mining sector, with players continuing to be on the hunt for growth.

April 15, 2018

Canadian Municipalities Primer

This report provides a review of Canadian municipal issuance trends and market developments in 2017 along with an overview of recent municipal transactions, investment highlights, issuance trends, ratings profiles, secondary trading statistics and relative pricing dynamics.

April 12, 2018

The Fate of the Oil Rally

Helima Croft, our Head of Commodity Strategy, joined CNBC to discuss the impact of geo-political turmoil in the Middle East, including rising tensions in Syria, and its impact on crude oil prices.

April 10, 2018

Impact of China’s tariffs on US propane

Michael Tran, Managing Director, Global Energy Strategist at RBC Capital Markets joined CNBC in their Hong Kong studios to discuss why China is unlikely to expand its tariffs on the US beyond propane to include crude oil exports as well.

April 10, 2018

The George Davis Report: April 2018 Edition

Don’t miss this month’s edition of The George Davis Report – where George discusses the impact of trade-related negotiation uncertainties within the Americas on the Canadian dollar and our revised forecasts for the second half of the year.

April 3, 2018

Canadian Securitization Market Update

The Canadian securitization market continues to consistently provide a cost-effective source of funding for issuers as capital market investors remain actively engaged in issuances across all asset classes in both the ABCP and Term ABS markets.

March 27, 2018

Humans Wanted: How Canadian youth can thrive in the age of disruption

A new RBC research paper, Humans Wanted – How Canadian youth can thrive in the age of disruption, has revealed that 50% of Canadian jobs will be disrupted by automation in the next 10 years. The report is based on a year-long research initiative that included roundtables across the country and one of the biggest labour force date projects that RBC has undertaken.


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