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Canada’s recent election highlighted challenges with income inequality and long-term environmental and economic sustainability. This is highlighted by it's Inclusive Development Index (IDI) score, ranking 17th overall among advanced economies.

What is clear in 2019 politcy makers responses have misjudged the global economy. The Inclusive Development Index (IDI)reflects more closely the criteria by which people evaluate their countries’ economic progress and is designed as an alternative GDP measures.

China's annual consumer inflation rose to 3.8 percent in October 2019 from 3 percent the previous month and above market expectations of 3.3 percent to the highest inflation rate since January 2012 with persistently high pork prices pressuring inflation.

Australia posted another much larger than expected trade surplus in September, what is clear the commodity powerhouse is benefiting from the U.S.- China trade war. Australia ships nearly a third of its exports to China, led by iron ore and coal as the Chinese boost construction spending to ward off damage caused by U.S tariffs.

The US Labor Department October jobs report on Friday reported a higher than expected 128k v 85k non farm payroll additions.  The US lost 36,000 manufacturing jobs. Unemployment stayed stayed at 3.5% the lowest since December 1969.

The US Labor Department September jobs report on Friday reported a lower than expected 136k v 145,000   The US lost 2,000 manufacturing jobs. Unemployment stayed fell to 3.5% the lowest since December 1969.

The ISM non-manufacturing index slid to 52.6 in September from 56.4 in August and lower than the 55.0 expected to a three year low. The cost of tariffs has been impacting the supply side and consumer uncertainty.

US MBA mortgage applications for the week ending 27 September jumped 8.1% after slumping =10.1% the prior week. Mortgage rates fell back under 4% fueling the activity.

Americans household wealth hit record highs in the second quarter of 2019. Stock prices are near record highs after the Federal Reserve have cut rates and investors ignore global economy slackness from the trade war and Brexit.

US building permits for August came in at 1419 K v a 1300K estimate and Housing starts were 1364K v a 1250K estimate. Both building permits and housing starts are at their highest since 2007

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