Boycotting the U.S. may be harmful to your investment returns

Many Canadians are unhappy with U.S. President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war with our country. So they’re fighting back in their own small way. Some are boycotting U.S. produce – easy to do in the summer, not so much so in January. Some are refusing to buy California wine. Others are searching for “Made in Canada” More...

by SLPundit | Published 2 weeks ago
By SLPundit On Friday, August 3rd, 2018
0 Comments

Myanmar’s state-owned enterprises show how much reform is still needed

NOTHING has been made in the engine factory in Thagaya, in the south of Myanmar, since April last year. Yet around 350 employees still turn up each day. In 2016 government-owned factories like this one made a loss More...

By SLPundit On Friday, August 3rd, 2018
0 Comments

Tech startups are reviving point-of-sale lending

AMERICANS shopping for a mattress online may find the selection at Casper, a New York-based mattress startup, somewhat lacking. Unlike brick-and-mortar shops, which offer dozens of models, the startup sells just More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
0 Comments

The Industrial Revolution could shed light on modern productivity

HOW much yarn per day could an 18th-century British woman spin? Such questions are catnip for economic historians, whose debates typically unfold unnoticed by anyone outside their field. But a running debate concerning More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, August 1st, 2018
0 Comments

Japan still has great influence on global financial markets

IT IS the summer of 1979 and Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, the everyman-hero of John Updike’s series of novels, is running a car showroom in Brewer, Pennsylvania. There is a pervasive mood of decline. More...

By SLPundit On Friday, July 27th, 2018
0 Comments

Has BRICS lived up to expectations?

DOES anyone still care about the BRICS? Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa concluded their tenth official summit in Johannesburg on July 26th. The widespread perception is that the group has failed to More...

By SLPundit On Friday, July 27th, 2018
0 Comments

Ryanair’s battle with its unions gets nasty

RYANAIR, Europe’s largest low-cost airline is known for three things: affordable fares, a record of punctuality and the abrasive personality of its chief executive, Michael O’Leary. This summer the More...

By SLPundit On Friday, July 27th, 2018
0 Comments

How the medical-tourism business thrives

IN THE tiny Croatian town of Zabok patients arrive in their thousands each year from across Europe and the Middle East, seeking replacement hips or knees at the St Catherine hospital, which specialises in orthopaedic More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, July 26th, 2018
0 Comments

Tech firms are suddenly the corporate world’s biggest investors

A COMMON way to describe the history of the technology industry is by product cycles. The 1990s was the era of the PC; then came the internet and related services, followed by mobile; and now artificial intelligence More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
0 Comments

The death of Sergio Marchionne leaves a big gap at FCA

THE question of who would replace Sergio Marchionne has been in the air for a year or more, ever since the chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced that he would step down in 2019. But the way More...