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Free Lunch by The Peak breaks down what’s happening in the economy and markets, and why it matters to Canadians. Join us every week for deep-dive interviews that go beyond the headlines with the country’s most interesting minds in economics, business, tech, and finance.

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Free Lunch by The Peak breaks down what’s happening in the economy and markets, and why it matters to Canadians. Join us every week for deep-dive interviews that go beyond the headlines with the country’s most interesting minds in economics, business, tech, and finance.

    The Case For A Bull Market

    The Case For A Bull Market

    BMO Capital Markets Chief Investment Strategist Brian Belski feels pretty good about where the stock market is headed this year. He joins us on this episode of Free Lunch to explain why he's bullish, the sectors and stocks he likes right now, and why he thinks turning off the news is one of the best things you can do for your portfolio.
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    Links:

    BMO 2024 Market Outlook: https://nesbittburns.bmo.com/delegate/services/file/530281/content

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    • 51 min
    Will The Sports Streaming Bundle Kill Cable?

    Will The Sports Streaming Bundle Kill Cable?

    Adam Seaborn from Playmaker Capital joins us to talk about recently announced plans by Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros. to launch a sports streaming bundle, what it means for the sports media business, and who wins and who loses when streaming takes over the sports world. Plus: What makes the NFL such a great television product?
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    • 38 min
    How Companies Are Responding To New Supply Chain Shocks

    How Companies Are Responding To New Supply Chain Shocks

    New year, new supply chain disruptions. Between conflicts in the Middle East impacting shipping in the Red Sea, drought paralyzing the Panama Canal, or the ongoing war in Ukraine, we are not done with supply chain disruptions just because the pandemic is behind us. Polly Mitchell-Guthrie is with Kinaxis, a Canada-based supply-chain management platform, to share with us how businesses are responding to the latest wave of supply chain disruptions.

    3:38 - Overview of the big disruptions impacting supply chains today

    6:26 - What happens inside a company when their supply chain breaks

    10:40 - How long it takes before consumers start feeling the impact of supply chain disruptions

    12:33 - How companies are changing to make their supply chains more resilient

    17:40 - How much do companies actually know about suppliers in their supply chain

    23:00 - Is friendshoring actually going to happen?

    30:08 - Is there still room for supply chain normalization to reduce inflation?

    37:11 - Tech innovation happening in supply chain management

    42:21 - Risks to supply chains to watch for this year

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    Links:

    SiteNews

    More episodes of Free Lunch by The Peak: https://readthepeak.com/shows/free-lunch

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    • 48 min
    Why Does It Cost So Much To Build Housing

    Why Does It Cost So Much To Build Housing

    One of the big factors driving our housing affordability crisis is that it's become much more expensive to build new housing than it used to be. But why? To get an overview of what's driving growth in housing costs, we're joined by Russell Hixson, the editor of SiteNews, a trade outlet covering Canada's construction sector.

    2:12 - What it costs to build housing in different cities now, and why it's increased so much.

    5:53 - Where builders are seeing their costs grow the most.

    7:59 - What's happening with lumber prices.

    10:06 - How builders have responded to higher costs.

    14:14 - How costs break down between materials and labour.

    19:56 - How a shortage of construction labour is driving up costs.

    23:33 - Potential technological solutions that could lower costs in the near term.

    28:57 - What policy changes could be made by governments to lower costs.

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    Links:

    SiteNews

    More episodes of Free Lunch by The Peak: https://readthepeak.com/shows/free-lunch

    Follow Taylor on Twitter: @taylorscollon

    Follow Sarah on Twitter: @sarahbartnicka

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    • 42 min
    The Tech Revolution Happening In Brain Health

    The Tech Revolution Happening In Brain Health

    There are a lot of exciting developments happening in the neurotechnology space that could dramatically improve how we detect, prevent, and treat cognitive decline and conditions like dementia and diseases like Alzheimer's. On this episode, one of the world's foremost neuroscientists, Dr. Allison Sekuler, joins us to talk about her work in this field, some of the innovations she's most excited about, how innovations in AI and AR/VR will be applied to brain health, and what it's going to mean for how we age. Also: We get her advice on how to keep our brains working well into our old age. 🧠

    6:45 - How cognitive health changes as we age

    9:22 - What are the most important factors impacting brain health, and how people can prevent cognitive decline

    12:49 - Innovations in treatments of cognitive decline

    15:58 - How new tech is making it possible to detect dementia and Alzheimer's earlier than ever

    20:30 - Is brain health among Canadians getting better or worse, overall?

    27:19 - Some of the most promising technological innovations in the space, and the companies working on them

    31:07 - Applications of AR/VR for brain health

    35:18 - How large language models and the human brain differ, and whether AI will ever get good enough to be indistinguishable from human cognition

    39:46 - Applications of AI for brain health

    42:21 - Is technology making our brains less healthy?

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    Links:


    Cogniciti brain health test: https://cogniciti.com/


    Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation: https://www.cabhi.com/


    Free hearing test: https://www.baycrest.org/Hearing-Services/Audiology-(Hearing-Services)-(1)

    More episodes of Free Lunch by The Peak: https://readthepeak.com/shows/free-lunch

    Follow Taylor on Twitter: @taylorscollon

    Follow Sarah on Twitter: @sarahbartnicka

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    • 53 min
    Economic Lessons From 2023 For The Year Ahead

    Economic Lessons From 2023 For The Year Ahead

    This time last year, not many people were predicting the economy would look like it does today. Many big name economists predicted that we would need to endure years of high unemployment to get inflation back down to a more manageable level. So why were those forecasts so off? And what lessons should we draw from what happened last year to inform our predictions for the economy this year?
    Roger Aliaga-Díaz is Vanguard's Global Head of Portfolio Construction and Chief Economist for the Americas. He joins us on this episode to talk about his outlook for the economy in the year ahead and how the last cycle is shaping his thinking.

    1:57 - What's the outlook for Canada's economy this year.

    3:04 - Why rates are likely to stay elevated for years to come.

    7:11 - How government spending pushes rates higher.

    9:08 - Why so many economists got inflation wrong and what lessons we can learn.

    16:52 - What are the factors keeping inflation above the 2% target.

    19:25 - How should ordinary investors think about allocating their investments this year.

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    Links:

    More episodes of Free Lunch by The Peak: https://readthepeak.com/shows/free-lunch

    Follow Taylor on Twitter: @taylorscollon

    Follow Sarah on Twitter: @sarahbartnicka

    Subscribe to The Peak's daily business newsletter: https://readthepeak.com/b/the-peak/subscribe

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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