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 and don’t like. Paintings by the Group of Seven, of which Steve Martin is a fan, attract many buyers at art auctions.  (Keith More...

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By SLPundit On Friday, December 28th, 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

By SLPundit On Friday, August 3rd, 2018
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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 More...

By SLPundit On Friday, August 3rd, 2018
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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...