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The economy appears to have avoided a worst-case scenario due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bank of Canada said Wednesday as it kept its key interest rate steady at its lower bound. The bank left its target for the overnight rate unchanged at 0.25 per cent, which it has said is as low as it […]


Financial markets are showing signs of concern about how well companies can weather the coronavirus economic crisis, the Bank of Canada said in a report outlining issues the pandemic is having on business and household debt. The central bank has spent the last two months making a flurry of policy decisions that include slashing the […]

As financial professionals, we deal with money daily, but few of us have the time to step back and think about what exactly it is that we are investing, trading, or risk managing. Money is just there in a way similar to gravity or oxygen. This lack of scrutiny has allowed money to become a […]


Trading volume for exchange-traded funds is rising. And as such, more ETF trades are flowing through trading desks. For ETFs with underlying securities that have different characteristics than equities, such as credit instruments or fixed income, it’s sometimes unclear who should be handling these transactions, according to a report by Greenwich Associates based on interviews […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 4, 2020 December 13, 2020
  • 07:35

Global growth slowed to three per cent on an annual basis in the middle of 2019 and is expected to remain below three per cent for the next 18 months, according to a Q4 report by Aviva Investors. “That would represent the weakest sustained period for over a decade,” the report said. “We expect all […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 16, 2019 January 5, 2021
  • 08:32

In this late-cycle environment, the Hydro Québec pension plan is cautious about credit and is maintaining its liquidity, says Jean-François Pépin, senior director of financing, treasury and pension fund at Hydro Québec. At the end of 2017, the defined benefit plan had $24.7 billion in net assets. Invested in a variety of asset classes, including fixed […]

Credit Markets: Finding the Sweet Spot

There are opportunities in global investment grade credit - if you know where to look.

What Can Possibly Go Wrong?

Six principles for managing credit risk in volatile times

How to Avoid a Great Depression

GIC keynote on what caused the Financial Crisis and how to fix it.

  • By: Scot Blythe
  • February 28, 2013 September 13, 2019
  • 11:04
Private Debt: Safe Alpha in Tough Times

Coverage of the 2012 Investment Innovation Conference.