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ATB Financial’s economics team interprets the latest statistics on wages, employment, inflation, the oil and gas industry and other economic drivers in our province.

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The Owl focuses on the day’s top economic new​s.

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Bank of Canada holds the line on interest rate
April 24, 2019

Bank of Canada holds the line on interest rate

In an announcement this morning, the Bank cited slower than expected global and national economic growth as key reasons for maintaining the status quo.

Albertans worried about consumer debt
April 23, 2019

Albertans worried about consumer debt

According to the MNP Consumer Debt Index that was just released, nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of Albertans are worried about their ability to repay their personal debt.

The outlook for retail sales in Alberta
April 22, 2019

The outlook for retail sales in Alberta

Retail sales growth is expected to be weak in 2019. We only have two months of data in hand, but Alberta is already off the pace set last year.

Wages not keeping up with inflation
April 18, 2019

Wages not keeping up with inflation

Because inflation erodes our purchasing power, it’s not something we welcome as consumers.

Infrastructure spending in Alberta
April 17, 2019

Infrastructure spending in Alberta

Real annual investment in infrastructure in Alberta has increased by an average of 3.2 per cent since 2009.


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Economic​ Outlook

ATB Financial’s Alberta Economic Outlook ​summarizes research on Alberta’s most important sectors. It analyzes the province’s economic happenings and outlines what may occur in the next few months.​​

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Todd Hirsch

Learn more about Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist at ATB Financial.​​

Rob Roach

Meet Rob Roach, the director of insight on ATB Financial’s economics and research team.​​

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