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The Owl

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.


Natural gas: Alberta’s other economic engine
May 18, 2018

Natural gas: Alberta’s other economic engine

Oil pipelines, oil prices, oil sands – in short, oil gets a lot of attention in Alberta, and rightly so. But it wasn’t that long ago that the big game in town was natural gas.

Albertans spending less on alcohol and drinking less too
May 17, 2018

Albertans spending less on alcohol and drinking less too

For many Albertans, the May-long weekend is the first real chance to fire up the barbeque, pack our coolers full of our favourite wine and beer and (hopefully) soak up the sun.

Manufacturing to help sustain economic growth this year
May 16, 2018

Manufacturing to help sustain economic growth this year

The sale of manufactured goods in Alberta continues to improve and help fuel economic growth in the province.

Natural disasters impact home renovations
May 15, 2018

Natural disasters impact home renovations

At two points, we see Alberta spending on renovations jump noticeably above the rest of the country—and in each case, a natural disaster is a factor.

New vs. used vehicles? The economy will decide
May 14, 2018

New vs. used vehicles? The economy will decide

The recession didn’t stop us from buying cars and trucks altogether—we just altered what kind of vehicles we bought.

Good quality jobs starting to return to Alberta
May 11, 2018

Good quality jobs starting to return to Alberta

Albertans looking for work may still be having a challenge. But the latest snapshot of the jobs market may be pointing towards an encouraging trend.

US decision on Iran could keep oil prices higher
May 10, 2018

US decision on Iran could keep oil prices higher

The US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal rippled through oil markets this week. The Owl considers how this will affect oil prices going forward.

Perch

Each Perch focuses on a topic that’s important to Alberta​ns. So sit back and enjoy.​​

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Alberta 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.​​

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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