B.C.’s new business as usual: political and economic uncertainty

B.C.’s new business as usual: political and economic uncertainty
NDP election win prompts waves of uncertainty that threaten investment and economic growth in B.C. By Lydia Miljan Senior Fellow, The Fraser Institute A shadow hangs over British Columbia’s political and economic future. Last spring, B.C. went through one of its most tumultuous and uncertain elections in years. No party received the majority of seats in the May 9 election,... Read More

Diversifying your portfolio in one neat package

Diversifying your portfolio in one neat package
An ETF is a low-cost mutual-like fund that trades on the stock market, with a significantly different fee structure By Bill Green Columnist, Troy Media Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) seem to be all the rage. There are more than 600 ETFs traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and it seems like new ones are being created almost every day. An ETF... Read More

Taxing professionals no way to grow the economy

Taxing professionals no way to grow the economy
The Canadian government has eliminated tax credits without using the resulting revenues to cut rates more broadly By Charles Lammam & Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute The Liberal Party ran on and won the 2015 federal election in large measure because of its promise to improve the economy. Unfortunately, in too many cases the actions of the now-governing Liberals run... Read More

Gasoline price-fixing harms Atlantic Canada

Gasoline price-fixing harms Atlantic Canada
Controls were intended to ease consumer anger over rare but large price fluctuations. But government isn’t meant to be an anger management therapist By Marco Navarro-Genie Atlantic Institute for Market Studies Gasoline price controls are a major burden for the minor benefit of having less mercurial cost fluctuations. Government policies are often contradictory. This isn’t directly the result of conspiracy... Read More

Comparing investment returns is a tricky task

Comparing investment returns is a tricky task
Each investor is unique in their goals and personal risk tolerance, so their investment portfolio should be customized to their situation By Bill Green Columnist, Troy Media You worked hard for your money and, in turn, your money should be working hard for you. However, when comparing returns, you need to be sure you’re making a fair comparison. Investors often... Read More

Want an innovative economy? Fund research

Want an innovative economy? Fund research
To transform Canada’s ability to compete on the global stage requires a significant funding commitment to research By Paul Armstrong & Carol Herbert EvidenceNetwork.ca, Troy Media With Canada’s 150th birthday squarely in the rear-view mirror, we should now look to our future. Our government has been staking much on an “innovation economy.” So how do we get there? Follow the... Read More

Hidden or visible, you’re paying investment fees

Hidden or visible, you’re paying investment fees
Be smart, shop around and make sure you’re aware of the total fees you pay and what you’re getting for them By Bill Green Columnist, Troy Media Some fees for investments are hidden, some are visible. But there’s always some type of fee or cost involved in investing. Some people will disagree with my broad use of the word fee,... Read More

Changes in financial services impacts investors

Changes in financial services impacts investors
by Derek Wood The financial services business has undergone major changes over the last 30 years. Probably the biggest change began in 1987 when banks were granted permission to own brokerage firms. Today it is estimated that between 80% and 90% of Canadian retail investment assets are under bank administration. Other changes to the investment industry that have occurred include:... Read More

Dollar Cost Averaging into Equities

Dollar Cost Averaging into Equities
During the past year in Canada, both domestically and internationally, we entered 2016 with our national economy on the verge of recession led by a drastic slowdown in Alberta’s economic output under a new provincial government. Consider the significance and scale of the events, the national economic trend has more recently reversed in the back half of the year with... Read More