Canada: Growth in the Age of Deleveraging
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December 16 2011

Commentary by David Fuller

Canada: Growth in the Age of Deleveraging

My thanks to a subscriber for This interesting and informative report by Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada. Here is the opening:
These are trying times.

In our largest trading partner, households are undergoing a long process of balance-sheet repair. Partly as a consequence, American demand for Canadian exports is $30 billion lower than normal.

In Europe, a renewed crisis is underway. An increasing number of countries are being forced to pay unsustainable rates on their borrowings. With a vicious deleveraging process taking hold in its banking sector, the euro area is sinking into recession. Given ties of trade, finance and confidence, the rest of the world is beginning to feel the effects.

Most fundamentally, current events mark a rupture. Advanced economies have steadily increased leverage for decades. That era is now decisively over. The direction may be clear, but the magnitude and abruptness of the process are not. It could be long and orderly or it could be sharp and chaotic. How we manage it will do much to determine our relative prosperity.

This is my subject today: how Canada can grow in this environment of global deleveraging.

David Fuller's view This is an excellent summary of the global economic situation, concluding with particular emphasis on Canada's position.

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