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The low down on Housing Starts

Canada's got a housing supply shortage, and it’s getting worse: The latest data from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) showed that housing starts for March declined 11% from February. 

The low down on the Greater Fool theory

In the fourth grade, I paid a boy $20 for a gold POG slammer, confident I could get more for it or trade it for an abundance of Sailor Moon POGs. I was wrong. 

The low down on Junk Bonds

In last week's edition, we explored safe haven assets. One of them was bonds—they are a low-risk, fixed-income option with a steady, scheduled payout but don't offer exceptionally high yields (since the risk is so low.)

The low down on safe haven assets

If you’re feeling like a rudderless ship in a stormy sea of investment uncertainties, you might want to find a safe harbour for your cash and park it in a safe haven asset for the short term.

The low down on loss leader strategy

The low down on bank runs

This week's biggest story continues to be the failure of Silicon Valley Bank and its fallout. But bank runs aren’t anything new. (Fans of “It’s A Wonderful Life” will remember one being a key plot point in that holiday classic.)

The low down on the Pink Tax

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the progress and achievements of women. But according to the United Nations, gender equality still has a long way to go. (Secretary-General António Guterres said it’s 300 years away.) 

The low down on compound interest

Looking for an easy way to build wealth? The "magic" of compound interest might be the trick you're looking for.

The low down on the wage-price spiral

If you’re keeping up with economic news, you’ve probably seen a lot of blurbs about higher wages and inflation—but why are economists so concerned about how these things interact with each other?

The low down on disinflation vs deflation

Inflation has ballooned into one of the most talked about topics—everywhere you go, you’ll hear grumblings about higher prices for everything from gas to groceries to housing. But a pause on interest rate increases announced by the Bank of Canada (BoC) could mean a new ‘flation is on the scene—disinflation.