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Canada’s federal deficit has skyrocketed since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. How will Ottawa pay back the money its borrowed? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Paying for the pandemic: Why the government’s massive coronavirus spending may not lead to higher taxes

Canada's federal deficit has ballooned as Ottawa spends billions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. An economist explains why the massive spending will not harm Canadians in the future.
The government is creating a new agency to finance infrastructure, like a bond aggregator to fund public housing. Dean Lewins/AAP

Fancy government financing could still cost the taxpayer

The federal government keeps coming up with new ways to finance infrastructure, but it isn't clear they will shift the cost or risk away from government.
It’s too soon to say what advantages there are to issuing government bonds using blockchain technology. www.shutterstock.com

CBA’s test of government bond using the blockchain, is just that

Despite a media statement announcing that Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) have created the first government bond using the blockchain (dubbed the “cryptobond…
Credit rating agencies often elicit criticism when they downgrade countries. EPA/Justine Lane

Q&A: why credit rating agencies matter for developing countries

Credit rating agencies have come in for a lot of flack. But the bottom line is that to attract investors with deep pockets countries can't avoid having a credit rating. And a good one at that.
Gold and silver are traditionally considered “safe havens”. Image sourced from shutterstock.com

Explainer: what are safe haven investments?

Safe haven investments are investments that provide a low level of risk during periods of extreme economic uncertainty. The problem is that a safe haven investment is a safe haven investment until it is…

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