How to tap into the growing power of the ‘green’ energy market

There was a story in last Monday’s Wall Street Journal that caught my eye. It reported that German industrial giant Siemens AG is teaming up with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners to build an underground 560-kilometre transmission line that will carry power from Iowa to the Chicago area. It will be called the SOO Green Renewable Rail. The More...

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By SLPundit On Monday, January 28th, 2019

Suffering from the financial blues? Take small steps to improve your finances

For years, I’ve been noodling over the financial phenomenon that happens during this time of year. Markets suffer. Debts creep higher. The period of time between the third Monday in January (Blue Monday) More...

By SLPundit On Monday, January 7th, 2019

Is there a fortune in your attic?

I enjoy fine art – my grandfather was a landscape painter and his oil canvases hang on the walls of my house. But I did not inherit his talent and have no expertise in the field, beyond knowing what I like More...

By SLPundit On Friday, December 28th, 2018

Why 2018 was a year of wake-up calls

The year of wake-up calls. That’s how 2018 is likely to be remembered. We rudely discovered that a lot of the supposed realities we took for granted were nothing more than idealistic illusions. And the phone More...

By SLPundit On Friday, December 7th, 2018

Heading south for the winter? Here are some tax pitfalls to watch for

Planning a trip to the U.S. to get away from the cold for a while? You should be aware that Big Brother will be watching at all times. I recently flew to the States for a visit. The U.S. immigration officer at More...

By SLPundit On Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Rates are heading up. Time to buy bonds?

Interest rates are rising. When that happens, bond prices drop. It’s one of the basic rules of investing. But how is that playing out in today’s investment climate? You may be surprised. The Bank of More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Mortgage risks fading thanks to higher rates, tougher rules, says Bank of Canada report

By The Canadian Press Wed., Nov. 14, 2018 OTTAWA—The Bank of Canada provided a closer look Wednesday at just how much stricter mortgage rules and higher interest rates have helped slow the entry of More...

By SLPundit On Friday, October 26th, 2018

New to investing? Here’s how to get started

At dinner the other night, my 21-year-old grandson asked me for some financial advice. He has a job and is trying to save some money. He’d like to start investing, but he doesn’t know where to begin. More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

The Bay is doing better at customer service but still has a way to go

“Hudson’s Bay Co. needs to improve service,” is the headline of a column I wrote on Feb. 27, 2015. People keep finding it when doing an online search. “The Bay is trying to turn things More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, September 27th, 2018

How the Ontario government has betrayed investors

What in the world is Vic Fideli thinking? In case you don’t recognize the name – and most people won’t – he’s the still-wet-behind-the-ears Finance Minister of Ontario. CARP, which More...