S03E24 – The Oracle Speaks with John Mollenhauer

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When John Mollenhauer speaks, I listen.  And so should you.  John has been working in the Toronto construction industry for decades.  Since becoming CEO of the Toronto Construction Association 13 years ago he has become something of an oracle.  I invited him back on the show this week to hear his thoughts on the state of the economy.  I boldly predicted earlier this year that we were headed for a recession.   That hasn’t happened yet and John tells me why.  We also talk about:

  • The state of the Canadian and US construction industries
  • Why gold is topping $1400 an ounce
  • Whether Trump and Trudeau will get re-elected
  • Why construction companies are so terrified of new technology


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Timology 6 – Recession?

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Class is in session for the latest edition of Timology.  Today I battle through an early winter head cold to reveal the state of the economy.  With interest rates rising and the stock market sputtering there is a lot of concern out there.  Rightly so. I think that the chances of a recession in 2019 are very real.

A recession is only going to be amplified by the current political environment in the United States.  If Trump gets re-elected in 2020 then the recession will be fairly mild. Not because of any great economic skill on Trump’s part.  Second term Presidents tend to put their feet up and coast on their accomplishments. If a new guy takes power there inclination will be to cut to the bone.  And that could have disastrous consequences for the economy at large. That’s especially true for Canada’s economy which is so dependent on trade with the States.

So what can businesses do?  Hunker down and get ready for the storm.  If you are able to pay off any corporate debt then do so immediately.  Rising interest rates will make servicing any debt really difficult. The other thing you can do as a small business person is double down on customer care.  Focussing on those personal relationships is so important in a downturn.