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5 Minutes for Business

Every other Tuesday, we release 5 Minutes for Business, a publication written by Hendrik Brakel, our Senior Director of Economic, Financial and Tax Policy. In these publications, Hendrik briefly describes current issues that affect the Canadian economy and provides insight on what it will mean for Canadians today and the future.

5 Minutes for Business: Fail Britannia! What the U.K. Exit Vote Means for Business (June 29)

This brief looks Brexit vote results, their impact on the economy and what Canada needs to do now.

5 Minutes for Business: Is Manufacturing Dead? (June 14)

This brief looks at the state of the manufacturing sector in Canada.

5 Minutes for Business: Pension Intervention: How to Fix the CPP without Tanking the Economy (May 31)

This brief looks at how the government can help Canadians save for their retirement without hurting the economy.

5 Minutes for Business: Shhhhh! Why Privacy Regulation Could Stifle Innovation (May 24)

This brief looks at how new privacy regulations could negatively impact innovation and other aspects of business in Canada.

5 Minutes for Business: The Soaring Costs of Alberta Wildfires (May 17)

This brief looks beyond the human impact of the Alberta wildfires and evaluates the impact they will have on the Canadian economy.

5 Minutes for Business: Top 10 Global Risks—One of Them Is “Yuuuge” (May 3)

This brief looks the top 10 global risks to the economy and the trouble they could spell for Canada.

5 Minutes for Business: Navigating the Storm – How to deal with a Volatile Global Environment (April 19)

This guest-written brief looks at how the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board manages our money and makes the most of the current situation.

5 Minutes for Business: The Federal Budget and Business: Maybe They’re Just Not That into You? (April 5)

This brief looks the measures that will affect business contained (or left out) of the federal budget.

5 Minutes for Business: The Canadian Dollar: Revenant or Titanic? (March 8)

This Leo-themed brief looks at the state of the dollar – will it rise from the dead like the Revenant, or sink like the Titanic?

5 Minutes for Business: The Budget Is Coming! (February 24)

This brief looks at what we could expect in the federal budget.

5 Minutes for Business: Rise of the Trumps – Why Populism Is All the Rage (February 9)

This brief looks at the economic roots of why populism is on the rise all over the world.

5 Minutes for Business: Gathering Storm: Why Markets Are in for a Wild Ride in 2016 (January 26)

This brief looks at how portfolio rebalancing is pulling money out of riskier investments and the effects that is having on global markets.

5 Minutes for Business: Dealing with Downturn - Is Infrastructure Spending the Answer? (January 12)

This brief looks at whether the federal government’s plan to speed up its infrastructure spending is the solution to stimulate our troubled economy.