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Since 2004, Canada has held a AAA rating from all major ratings agencies, but on June 24, it suffered a blow when Fitch Ratings Inc. downgraded the country to AA+. “The rating downgrade reflects the deterioration of Canada’s public finances in 2020 resulting from the coronavirus pandemic,” said the Fitch in a rating action commentary […]


Central banks’ actions have gone too far and they’re running out of tools in their toolbox, according to Erik Weisman, chief economist at MFS Investment Management. When interest rates are pushed to zero or into negative territory, people are deciding to save more instead of spending money on which they’re not earning interest, he says. […]

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • February 19, 2020 December 13, 2020
  • 08:53

A lot of ink has poured into the discussion of an inverted yield curve, and what it means, yet I am still unsure if people understand whether an inverted yield curve is a precursor of a recession or not. The fear of an inverted yield curve relates to historical evidence, which shows that an inverted […]


For the first time in its existence, the German 30-year government bond yield slipped into the negatives and it isn’t inconceivable that U.S. Treasuries could follow suit, said Joachim Fels, global economic advisor at PIMCO Corp., in a recent blog post. While negative yields have lately been cropping up in developed markets outside the U.S., […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 16, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 07:52

While many indicators point to the relative health of the U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve is lowering the target range for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to a range of two to 2.25 per cent. This marks the first rate cut since 2008. “Markets weren’t surprised,” says Dec Mullarkey, managing director at […]


With turbulent equity markets, fixed income has a major role to play as defined benefit pensions look to more closely match their liabilities and investments, says Steve Peacher, president of Sun Life Investment Management. “The big mismatch over time has been a duration and curve mismatch,” he says. “People have had long liabilities. They haven’t focused […]