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    2014 Third Quarter Macroeconomic Update

    2014 Third Quarter Macroeconomic Update

    Though macroeconomic conditions are expected to return to relative normalcy in the near future, recent quarterly growth estimates have been markedly volatile. In the first quarter of 2014, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) listed US GDP growth at 0.1%; this figure was later revised to -1.0% and eventually revised again to -2.9%, marking the […]

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    Consumer Credit in Canada

    Consumer Credit in Canada

    Record low interest rates and rising house prices in Canada have encouraged Canadians to take on more debt over the 10 years to 2014, with similar trends expected over 2015. IBISWorld estimates that overall debt per capita including mortgages for Canadian consumers will increase at an annualized rate of 3.7% to $49,634 over the five […]

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    Maximizing Buyer Power in Volatile Markets

    Maximizing Buyer Power in Volatile Markets

    Volatile prices can send a shudder through any savvy buyer, leading to the expectation of higher and higher prices. High price volatility often threatens a buyer’s long-term spending goals and can undermine price negotiations. However, it is not all doom and gloom. Changing prices can afford buyers a unique opportunity to purchase products and services […]

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    A Brief Introduction to Craft Beer

    A Brief Introduction to Craft Beer

    Craft beer ascendant A decade ago, few would have predicted that a collection of small, local breweries and brewpubs would pose a competitive threat to dominant US beer-making institutions like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors. With intense merger and acquisition activity throughout the 2000s turning these massive brewers into international behemoths, the Breweries industry has become increasingly […]

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    Export-Import Bank: Industries and Implications

    Export-Import Bank: Industries and Implications

    By Maksim Soshkin and Amal Ahmad The upcoming November elections have turned the renewal mandate for an 80-year-old credit agency into a hot topic. The Export-Import Bank, established in the wake of the Great Depression, is the national export credit agency of the United States. It aims to support US exports by providing financial assistance, […]

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    Endless Summer: How Six Seasonal Industries Stay Warm in Winter

    Endless Summer: How Six Seasonal Industries Stay Warm in Winter

    Warm weather facilitates family vacations, outdoor activities and cold refreshment sales, providing several industries with an opportunity to generate enough revenue to sail through the rest of the year. These seasonal industries struggle to remain lucrative throughout the winter months, as frigid temperatures and annual changes in consumer behavior challenge profitability. While many seasonal industry […]