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How Vida Gabriel Is Making Carbon-capture Technology Even Greener + MORE Oct 31st

When Vida Gabriel was working on her master’s at the University of Ottawa in 2017, she met Sean Wilson, a chemical engineer, at a student holiday potluck where Wilson drew her name for Secret Santa. Gabriel, who was studying how to make polymers biodegradable, offered to help Wilson with grant app.... More »
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Workspace of the Month: Inside SSENSE’s State-Of-The-Art Montreal HQ + MORE May 31st

Montreal-based retailer SSENSE has a global following not just for its curated selection of streetwear and luxury fashion but also for its distinct point of view—cool, confident and cutting edge. It’s an unmistakable vibe that’s consistent at all touch points: on its clutter-free website a.... More »

How much credit card debt does the average Canadian have? Sep 22nd

As the country re-opens after COVID-related restrictions, Canadians are faced with a worrying financial picture. Many have moved, others are looking to travel, and the cost of living is ballooning with unusual rates of inflation. Meanwhile, the Bank of Canada (BoC) rate hikes designed to curb these .... More »

Can debt consolidation help with Canadian student loans? Sep 29th

Ask MoneySense My parents have RESP savings, and I have a few part-time jobs and some support from other family members. But it’s not enough. I am wondering about OSAP, as I have a tight budget. My parents always warned me that taking on debt was “bad,” though, because they had student lo.... More »

Selling stocks at a loss in a TFSA: What it means for your contribution room Apr 11th

Ask MoneySense I lost $20,000 dollars in my TFSA account in the market correction, and my broker sold the losing stocks. Can I put more money in to bring me back up the to the limit the government allows?—Wayne Capital losses in a TFSA A capital loss is when you sell an investment at a lowe.... More »
Kyle Prevost, editor of Million Dollar Journey and founder of the Canadian Financial Summit, shares financial headlines of the week and offers context for Canadian investors.

Are central banks smarter than we thought—or are they just lucky?

The world’s central banks faced plenty of criticism over the last 12 months, with skyrocketing inflation data dominating the headlines. Market watchers might not-so-fondly remember the whole “transitory” debate.  

Here’s a potentially unpopular take on things: Central bankers may have got it right more often than they got it wrong. The pain of quick interest rate increases has caused people to forget the desperation of early 2020, when faith in the economy (and our ability to collectively stay alive) was plummeting. Central bankers around the world threw everything (plus the kitchen sink) at the anemic pandemic economy. And they successfully prevented a Great Depression-type of spiral. If its cost turns out to be getting a little behind the inflation curve—before successfully catching back up in a year or two—that price is pretty low, historically speaking…

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