Many Losing Ground and Hope

At the recent Central 1 conference and AGM I listened to economists provide updates and, somehow, the growth in inequality got little attention.  Although Helmut Pastrick, the Chief Economist at C1,  did provide  a recent analysis showing the job growth in BC (and Ontario), but he did not observe that it has been where wages […]

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Bankers` Long Game

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Consolidation and cartel building is the long term strategy of the Big Banks and it seems to go on without much alarm.  This is partly because of their patience and partly because other players are distracted by other things; technology, risk management, new capital rules, new liquidity monitoring tools,  mortgage insurance changes, etc..  But these […]

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Mortgage Insurance Paradox

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (“CMHC”) has created what could be called a mortgage insurance empire.  With a book totaling $526B in 2015, that book alone was larger than Canada’s fifth largest bank and exceeds 1/3 the total all outstanding residential mortgages in Canada.  This coverage is sold through banks, credit unions and other lenders.  […]

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Precarious Work – Life

Sometimes it seems that credit unions are in denial, or simply averse to exploring some of the larger issues facing our memberships.  Working people, most particularly young people, are facing a very different set of challenges when it comes to ‘surviving’.  The evolution of work in the ‘contract economy’ has implications when we ask marketing […]

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Banks and Bubbles

A couple of days ago there was a good piece in Canadian Business.  The facts are laid out that Big Bank growth and profits track quite closely with our real estate and debt bubbles. Writer Kevin Carmichael provocatively critiques the Big Banks for their addiction to residential mortgages and their complicity in the two blights […]

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