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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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Lumber production edging higher
October 15, 2018

Lumber production edging higher

For dozens of communities along the western and northern regions of Alberta, it’s not cattle, wheat or even oil that drives the economy. It’s forestry.

Assessing unreported economic activity
October 12, 2018

Assessing unreported economic activity

Statistics Canada estimates unreported economic activity totalled $51.6 billion in 2016—about 2.5 per cent of the entire Canadian economy. Alberta’s underground economy accounted for 1.9 per cent of its total economy.

Don’t forget the other two big trade agreements
October 11, 2018

Don’t forget the other two big trade agreements

Any way you cut it, the United States is Alberta’s most important international customer.

Construction projects set to slow
October 10, 2018

Construction projects set to slow

The pace of building is expected to slow over the next couple of years due to building permits continuing to trend lower.

Housing starts cool in September
October 09, 2018

Housing starts cool in September

Housing starts across the province dropped to the lowest we've seen this year.


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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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