Monday morning briefing: Vehicle sales making a comeback

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Economic/industry news

The U.S. inflation rate was 1.4% in September: Inflation rate slows to 0.2% in September

U.S. retail sales posted strong growth in September: U.S. retail sales climb most since June, topping estimates

Growth of existing home sales slowed in September: Growth in Canadian home sales slows amid record-tight supply

BlackRock recommends more alternative investments for portfolios: Here’s how advisors should position portfolios now: BlackRock

What may be in store for the retail industry: The future of retail

Reasons for hope

Pharma companies continue their late-stage clinical trials: Pfizer, BioNTech COVID vaccine trial remains on track, CEO says 

Halloween may still be a go, but safety rules must be followed: COVID-19 won’t scare off trick-or-treaters if safety rules followed: Health officers

Some skills employers are looking for: Making sure you always have a job

Entrepreneurship surging amid the pandemic: COVID recession spawning entrepreneurs in U.S. amid joblessness

Adapting your business

Finding and closing high-earners: High-earning prospects are easier to find than you think

How to test your crisis management plan: 3 ways to ensure your crisis management and communication plans will work

The challenges of getting advisors back to the office: Advisors struggle to reopen offices

The pandemic has created many lessons for entrepreneurs: 4 crisis-proofing lessons for small-business owners

Chart of the week: Vehicle sales making a comeback

In Canada, new motor vehicle sales were 172,000 in the month of August. This marked the fourth straight month of gains following the substantial fall that occurred earlier in the COVID-19 outbreak. Sales have been helped by concern about public transit, along with continued pent-up demand.

Vehicle sales are still down, however, compared to 2019. The year-over-year decline is not surprising given the financial uncertainty that households now face. COVID-19 may also be accelerating a secular trend of lower automotive sales, which is supported by a rising interest in bicycles and the ongoing success of Uber. Is this a short-term blip or a long-term trend? Let us know what you think.
Used with permission of Bloomberg Finance L.P.

News and notes (U.S.)

Hedge funds posted a small decline in September: Hedge fund industry down 0.65 per cent in September, says Backstop BarclayHedge

Interest in venture capital funds strong in 2020: Venture capital funds on track for record fundraising year

Savings rising, but so are health care costs: Americans saving more during pandemic, but sweating health-care costs

Mutual fund sales and performance over the past two weeks: Mutual funds scorecard: October 13 edition

News and notes (Canada)

Wealthsimple reaches a $1 billion valuation: Wealthsimple hits unicorn status with $114-million financing round

More money being spent online: Canadians spend more money and time online during COVID pandemic: StatCan

Should there be more urgency for central banks to create a digital currency?: BoC deputy: Pandemic means central banks must ‘move faster’ on digital currency plans

Gender diversification on boards: ISS to boost Canadian board diversity benchmarks

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