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September 27, 2023

Explosive Population Growth Bodes Well for Canada

By Joe Zidle with Real Estate Asset Management
  • Canada’s population is booming, with the fastest annual growth in over six decades.1
  • Growth is driven by the country’s pro-immigration policy; ~60% of new immigrants hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.2
  • Rental housing and logistics supply has not kept up with increased demand, driving low vacancies of <2%.3
G7 annual population growth
G7 annual population growth bar chart

Government sources and Macrobond, as of 1/31/2023 (US, as of 12/31/2022 and UK, as of 12/31/2021). Population growth rate calculated as percentage change from prior year.

Note: The EU average is based on population data for France, Germany and Italy, weighted by each country’s share of the combined total.

  1. Statistics Canada, as of 3/22/2023
  2. StatCan, as of November 2022. Represents percentage of total immigrants aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher from 2016-2021.
  3. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, as of December 31, 2022 and CBRE, as of June 30, 2023. Housing figures reflect average vacancy for two-bedroom apartment units. Logistics figures reflect stock-weighted averages across Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

September 14, 2023

India’s Many Tailwinds

By Joe Zidle
  • India’s GDP has grown 75% over the last decade and its equity market has returned more than 2.5x, outperforming most major global indices.
  • Shifting supply chains have also led to surging foreign direct investment in Indian manufacturing—up 76% year-on-year through 2022. 
  • With the world’s largest population, a fast-growing middle class and an expanding manufacturing base, India is poised to continue outperforming.
10-year total return by equity market
(USD; indexed to 100 as of October 2013)

Macro indicators from United Nations and World Bank. FDI growth from S&P Global. Equity performance from Bloomberg, Macrobond, MSCI Inc., Standard & Poor’s and Stoxx as of September 12, 2023.

August 14, 2023

Encouraging Signs in Fed’s Inflation Fight

  • US inflation is cooling rapidly. 
  • In fact, 90% of July CPI is attributed to the 7.7% yoy increase in reported shelter costs. 
  • But what Blackstone recognizes through its extensive real estate holdings is that the government data lags the market.  
  • Strip out that lagging shelter data and the extent of headline and core CPI inflation deceleration becomes much clearer… 
US headline and core CPI, ex-shelter (% yoy)

US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Macrobond, as of July 31, 2023. 

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