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Reader Alert: What do you think is the overall impact of the crisis in Japan? Vote in our poll here. The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday, March 4 have shaken global equity markets, as uncontrolled nuclear reactors sent indices lower on Tuesday. Investors are now struggling to determine what the long-term impact […]

  • March 15, 2011 July 10, 2018
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Small and medium-sized business owners can make great clients. Their net worth is usually higher than average and their complex needs allow the advisor to demonstrate their expertise in tax and estate planning. If there is one area that needs special attention, however, it is succession planning. Nearly half of Canadian family business owners have […]

  • March 14, 2011 August 21, 2018
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Civil unrest continues to roll across the Middle East and North Africa, shaking investor confidence both for the impact on the Arab world and the global energy markets. The Gulf Cooperation Council has unveiled what has been dubbed “the Arab Marshall Plan” which will deliver $20 billion over ten years to Oman and Bahrain, two […]

  • March 11, 2011 August 21, 2018
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If you believe the mainstream press, the financial services industry is rife with fraud. While the industry may have a few bad apples, a more plausible explanation for this misconception is that fraudsters see the industry as perfect cover for their underhanded schemes. Pretending to be a financial advisor, a thief can clean out multiple […]

  • March 10, 2011 August 21, 2018
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One of the leading competitors to the TMX Group says the proposed merger of the exchange with the London Stock Exchange comes as no surprise and even welcomes the news, so long as the deal is stripped of certain strategic assets. Mergers among traditional exchanges are not surprising, according to Jos Schmitt, CEO of Alpha […]

  • March 8, 2011 August 21, 2018
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Coming out of the recession, Canada’s banking sector looks better than many of its global peers. Tough regulation ensured that the banks steered clear of the leverage minefield that sank some foreign competitors and 2010 profits have topped records set in 2007. This presents the sector with unprecedented opportunities for growth and expansion, according to […]

  • March 7, 2011 August 21, 2018
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Congratulations, we’re all winners! Canada has been recognized by EuroWeek as carrying out the bond deal of the year in 2010. Who knew we were in the running? Who knew countries could win accolades for their borrowing finesse? But it’s not our overall bond-issuing prowess that has impressed the judges but specifically the placement of […]

  • March 4, 2011 August 21, 2018
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Federal Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty has confirmed that he will table the federal budget on March 22, but he warns it won’t contain any radical spending plans. “As we transition to the next phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, measures in this budget will focus on the Harper Government’s key priority of the economy,” […]

  • March 2, 2011 August 21, 2018
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The political upheaval that has swept across North Africa and, to a lesser extent, the Middle East, has stifled returns in foreign equity fund categories, while Canadian investments have benefited from surging resource prices, according to Morningstar Canada. When international tensions mount, there’s usually an upside for gold. February followed the historical pattern—bullion topped $1,400 […]

  • March 2, 2011 August 21, 2018
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The head of the Toronto Stock Exchange has responded to criticism of his plan to merge the TMX Group with the London Stock Exchange Group, saying the deal will “deliver clear and significant benefits to Ontario.” Chief executive Tom Kloet appeared before the provincial legislature’s select committee, along with Xavier Rolet, CEO of the London […]

  • March 2, 2011 August 21, 2018
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