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 new households into the category of “deeply indebted borrowers.” The lofty levels of household debt has been a key concern for the More...

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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...

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