Canada’s GDP Plunges 1.6% in Q2, Worst Reading in Seven Years

canada 600X300From Michael Snyder: Things have not been this bad for the Canadian economy since the last global recession. During the second quarter of 2016, Canada’s GDP contracted at a 1.6 percent annualized rate.

That was the worst number in seven years, and it was even worse than most analysts were projecting.

This comes at a time when bad news is pouring in from all corners of the global economy.  While things in the United States are still relatively stable for the moment, the same cannot be said for much of the rest of the planet.  Canada in particular has been hit very hard by the collapse in oil prices, and the massive wildfire in northern Alberta back in May certainly did not help things.  The following comes from the BBC

The recent drop in GDP was larger than analysts had projected, but not far off the predicted 1.5% loss.

“[The figure] could have been worse, given the hit from the wildfire, and clearly confirms the disappointing downward trend in exports over the last few months,” said Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.

In May, wildfires devastated the parts of northern Alberta where much of Canada’s oil and natural gas is produced.

For many years, high oil prices and booming exports enabled the Canadian economy to significantly outperform the U.S. economy.  But now conditions have changed dramatically, and all of the economic bubbles up in Canada are starting to burst.  This includes the housing bubble, as we have seen home sales in the hottest markets such as Vancouver drop through the floor late in the summer.  In fact, it is being reported that home sales during the first two weeks of August in British Columbia were down a whopping 51 percent on a year over year basis.

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The largest Canada-focused ETF, the iShares MSCI Canada Index ETF (NYSE:EWC), posted small losses in premarket trading this morning to $25.29 per share. EWC currently has about about $3 billion in assets under management, and offers an expense ratio of 0.48%. The fund’s price has gained nearly 18% since the start of 2016, more than doubling the S&P 500’s return in the same period.

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