Grab some coffee and some left-over halloween candy, it’s Free-for-all time!
This is our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.
Here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:
–Ready to count BOC out of rate hike?
–Consumer confidence falling
–‘red mitten’ benefit from winter games
–Flaherty to give market a talking to
–Housing Analysis construction activity
–Preparing for a stock market correction
–Can we have some accurate data?
–The foreclosure cup
–Where’s the next property bubble?
–Best places to retire
So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!
It’s not just Vancouver house sales that are heading down.
Business confidence in Canada dipped for a fourth month in a row and is now at a 3 year low.
This according to a survey from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
The last time it was lower was in July of 2009, when it stood at 58.6.
CFIB chief economist Ted Mallett says the index’s current position in relation to gross domestic product puts it very close to the zero-growth mark, suggesting Canada’s economy is nearing a standstill.
On Tuesday, Statistics Canada reported the economy had grown a disappointing 0.1 per cent in May, leaving the pace of the recovery at slightly below two per cent on an annualized basis.
The CFIB says confidence declined in July even in resource-rich provinces like Alberta, which saw a drop of three points to 70.3.
So taking out a home equity loan to fund your underperforming small business? Maybe not such a good idea unless the revenue is there.