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Dan Skilleter on wealth inequality in Canada

 On this week’s episode of Free Lunch by The Peak, we sat down with Dan Skilleter from Social Capital Partners to talk about why Canada isn't that much more equal than the U.S.  

New mortgage rules for first-time home buyers

Today on “keeping up with federal budget announcements coming out weeks before the actual federal budget announcement” is a policy change covering housing affordability.  

What happened: Canada is rolling out new housing affordability measures for first-time homebuyers, including extending maximum mortgage amortizations to 30 years and increasing the amount that can be withdrawn from an RRSP to buy a first home to $60,000.

Canada holds interest rates steady

Let your friends with variable-rate mortgages know you’re thinking of them this week.

What happened: As expected, the Bank of Canada held the policy rate steady at 5% for the sixth consecutive meeting, noting that "inflation is still too high and risks remain" in the form of a resilient growth forecast, even though both inflation and the labour market are cooling.

Canada almost as unequal as U.S. when it comes to wealth

When it comes to inequality, Canada may not be so different from our southern neighbours after all.

Driving the news: The wealthiest 0.1% of Canadians own 12.4% of total wealth in the country, according to a new study by Social Capital Partners, a Toronto-based think tank.

William Huggins on Canada’s productivity problem

 This week, we’re revisiting an older episode of Free Lunch by The Peak where William Huggins from the DeGroote School of Business breaks down everything about productivity.  

Canadian pensions are in love with India

Canadian-Indian relations have been, shall we say, testy lately. But you wouldn’t know it from looking at the investments Canadian pension funds are making. 

What happened: The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) will invest ~$107 million in Indian B2B fintech company Perfios, unlocking unicorn status. It’s the latest investment OTPP has made into an Indian startup since launching an Indian investment drive in 2022. 

Gold hits new highs and may not be done yet

Sure, it’s easy to poke fun at cheesy cash-for-gold infomercials, but maybe the Russell Olivers of the world knew something we didn’t about where gold prices were heading.

What happened: The price of gold reached a new all-time high of US$2,185 per ounce on Friday, part of a rally that’s seen gold’s value jump 30% since the end of 2022. 

Canadian businesses vs. Canadian pensions

If there’s one thing we all can agree on, it’s that in Canadian business, publishing an open letter to your enemies in a newspaper is one of the most dramatic things you can do. 

What happened: That’s exactly what over 90 business leaders from top Canadian companies did when they publicly asked the country’s finance ministers to devise new rules for pension funds to invest more in Canadian businesses. 

Rate cuts are on the horizon

“Babe, wake up, Tiff Macklem is dropping the rate decision today…,” if this isn’t how your partner woke you up this morning, let us get you up to speed. 

Driving the news: The Bank of Canada is widely expected to hold interest rates steady today for the fifth consecutive rate announcement. This is even as the inflation rate dropped to 2.9%, far from its 8.1% peak in 2022 and within the bank’s target range of 1% to 3%.

Banks are bracing against loan losses

Canadian Bank Earnings Week is under way, and while we admit it’s not as exhilarating as Shark Week, it can teach us some valuable lessons about the murky waters of the economy.

What happened: Quarterly earnings reports for Scotiabank and BMO showed that both banks are keeping more cash aside than analysts expected to cover loans that could go sour, known as loan loss provisions, continuing a trend of caution in a risky environment.