Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Global Business Outlook: Canadian Economy Ranks High

While the global recession is still a major economic factor in many countries, the Canadian economy is rebounding very well. A stable banking sector combined with lower employment, have contributed to Canada's recent rise in global economic standings.

According to annual rankings by the Conference Board of Canada, the Canadian economy ranked 11th of 17 developed countries in 2008. However, based on current forecasts by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the country's ranking is expected to catapult to 5th place in 2010. The OECD's forecast for growth, unemployment, and various other economic factors revealed that Canada is expected to rebound from the global recession at a rate that far exceeds many other developed countries.

Both the United States and Belgium are also expected to rise in global economic rankings. However, Switzerland, Britain, and the Netherlands are expected to fall. Norway was ranked in first place in 2008 and is predicted to remain in first place through 2010. This high ranking is attributed to the country's large petroleum sector as well as its resilient economy. At the bottom end of the scale is Ireland whose 17th place economic ranking is expected to continue into 2010.

Although Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney recently announced that the recession is over, many unemployed Canadians would disagree. On the other hand, consumer confidence has displayed an upward trend since the beginning of 2009. As well, investment portfolios have begun to recover, housing prices have risen, and the key lending rate in Canada is at an historic low.

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