Articles Posted in Finance/Economy


Teacher, who’s Wally Street and why did he steal my parents’ money when he crashed?

Before joining the world of market research, I was a financial advisor and ran my own office for a large financial services firm. In order to prepare me for this, I had to undertake an intense training program, where I learned about bears, bulls, calls, puts, dividends, diversifying portfolios, balanced mutual funds, and the list…

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What Americans Were Thinking as the New Year Began

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In a recent study conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs Omnibus Division, “What Americans were thinking as the new year began”, surprisingly, only 1 in 5 expressed concern for the stock market in 2016. Maybe they are well insulated with my investment strategy, or their prognostication skills are worse than the millions who picked the Carolina Panthers to dribble the Denver Bronco’s fribble in Super Bowl 50, or thankfully they have an intelligent head on their shoulders and realize the market rises and falls with regularity.

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Canadians Say Country Heading in Wrong Direction

The honeymoon for the new federal Liberal government is likely coming to an end. In three short months, a majority of Canadians have gone from believing that the country is heading in the right direction to believing that we are now off on the wrong track. This is the widest disparity with negatives outweighing positives…

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Public Perspectives: A Whole New Ballgame for 2016

Any question about whether or not Canadians’ have noticed the economic downturn can be put to rest. Canadians’ assessments of the national economy have plummeted, dragging down their views on the condition of their personal finances and prospects for improvement in the near-term future. While Canadians continue to rank unemployment/jobs, healthcare, taxes and poverty/social inequality…

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Inspiration by Consumer, Insight from Ipsos

Consumers are the lifeblood of innovation. To honor the consumer is to fuel the very soul of innovation in earnest. The Passion of the Consumer How do we think about the consumer? The consumer is you. The consumer is me. The consumer is the business builder, the innovator, and the entrepreneur. The consumer is the daring soul…

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Freedom 55, 65 or 75? Majority of Canadians Worry about Retirement Income

Save more and spend less. Seems like simple, straightforward advice for saving for the golden years, right?

The reality is an aging work force, longer life expectancy and declining birth rates are changing the retirement equation for Canadians. Those factors combined with stagnant and unpredictable economic conditions for the foreseeable future have majority of Canadians worried about being financially ready for retirement.

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The Changing Perspectives of Young Canadians

Every generation has its share of opportunities and challenges. Generation Y (or the Millennials) has grown up surrounded with an excess of technology and devices with access to information at their fingertips. While these unprecedented amounts of new technology and information provide unique opportunities compared to previous generations, Generation Y also face high levels of youth unemployment and stagnant economic conditions for the foreseeable future.

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Americans’ Perceptions of the National Economy and Personal Finances

Since hitting the lowest point in mid-2009, ratings of the national and local economies have shown small improvements. One third (33%) of Americans describe the current economic situation in their country as “good”. Perceptions about the national economy have improved notably since March among the higher income households, but have declined among the lowest income group.

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Canadians Among Most Positive in Assessing Current Economic Situation

Canadians’ assessments of the national economy have remained remarkably stable over the past two years, with two-thirds (65%) holding positive views. These positive perceptions keep Canada among the top countries internationally on this sentiment, along with: Saudi Arabia (84%), Sweden (76%), Germany (66%) and China (65%).

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The Lloyd’s Risk Index: Then & Now

Risk analysis is essential to business leaders in today’s uncertain economic times. Run in conjunction with our UK-based colleagues at Ipsos MORI, the Lloyd’s Risk Index 2013 is a survey of global business leaders’ perceptions of the greatest risks to their businesses and the level to which they believe they feel prepared to deal with…

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