8 Reasons Canadian Home Prices Might Fall

Canadian home prices have risen by more than 35% since 2006, while American home prices have declined by more than 10%.  This has been great for Canadian homeowners and for investors in the Canadian real estate market. It has, however, also terrified many Canadians, causing them to wonder whether it is only a matter ofContinue reading “8 Reasons Canadian Home Prices Might Fall”


Japan from 1995 to 2035

The graph below shows the world’s 20 largest economies, and how many times larger they are today than they were in 1995. As you can see, Japan grew the slowest of the countries on the list. Though it is still the world’s third largest economy, close to double the size of fourth-place Germany and moreContinue reading “Japan from 1995 to 2035”

China’s North-South Split

It would be impossible to understand the United States without knowing a bit about the differences between northeastern states like Massachusetts and southeastern states like Mississippi. To an even greater extent, a similar thing can be said of China. There are many things that make northeastern and southeastern China very different from one another. Now thatContinue reading “China’s North-South Split”

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Germany’s Trade Empire

The age of formal European empires may be over, but that does not mean that nations no longer possess meaningful spheres of influence. Germany in particular retains an impressive trading empire in the heart of the European continent. This “empire” exists in spite of the fact that Germany’s economy accounts for less than 20% ofContinue reading “Germany’s Trade Empire”

Why Iraq?

Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, most people are still confused as to why the United States chose to initiate a war against Saddam Hussein. While it is generally understood that the WMD and democracy-building arguments for war peddled by the Bush administration were overly propagandistic, the most popular explanation to replace these arguments, namelyContinue reading “Why Iraq?”

the PIPEs are Calling

 After accounting for more than a third of the world’s economic growth since 2003, the BRIC economies – Brazil, Russia, India, and China – are likely to slow in the decade ahead. Here are six reasons why that is: 1.      Higher Incomes  According to the World Bank, average incomes have reached $7000 inContinue reading “the PIPEs are Calling”

Turkish-Israeli Geopolitics

Friday’s American-brokered Israeli apology to Turkey over the events of the Gaza flotilla incident of 2008 was a significant diplomatic event, one deserving of the tremendous amount of media attention it will undoubtedly receive when the weekend ends. However, the apology is still just politics. What is much more interesting is the geopolitics of Turkish-IsraeliContinue reading “Turkish-Israeli Geopolitics”