March 10 was the day the CEO of Citibank announced his bank was profitable again, igniting a global rally that's boosted stock markets by 50 per cent or more. Unfortunately, it was also the day the loonie began what has become the fastest, biggest upswing in its history.
From 77 cents (U.S.) in March, the loonie has rocketed up 25 per cent, touching almost 96 cents by Friday. It won't be long before our loonie is worth more than the U.S. greenback. That may cause a certain nostalgic smugness among some old-timers (who remember when "a dollar was a dollar"). But it's unequivocally bad news for our economy.