TSX hits high

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Description:  This past Thursday, the S&P/TSX composite index hit a new high at 16,612.81 points. Some believe that recent hints that interest rates won’t be rising may have contributed to this new high point. Rising oil prices may also have helped fuel the optimism. Since its low point in December, the market has soared over… Read more »

Credit card myths

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Description:   Debt on your credit cards can be a common way to sink your financial plan. But university students are often targeted by those marketing credit cards. If you want to use this form of credit – and its pretty hard to avoid it in our time – you should know some common myths about… Read more »

Death Spiral

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Description:  The Globe and Mail is saying New Brunswick is in a ‘death spiral’ financially. The problem is that the tiny province is in the last stages of an election campaign and none of the political leaders really seems to be seriously engaging the issue. In the past ten years, New Brunswick has basically doubled… Read more »

Texture for Apple

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Description: Apple is taking steps to advance its role in media content through its purchase of Texture. Texture, originally known as Next Issue, allows subscribers to access content from over 200 magazines for a subscription fee of $9.99 per month. We don’t seem to know at this point what amount Apple paid for this media entity,… Read more »

Maybe it Will Make Money

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Description: After years of less than spectacular results, and with most of its previous profits coming from its web services arm, Amazon seems to have busted through the retail profits barrier. Its fourth quarter profit was close to $2 billion, with a big helping hand from the latest US tax cut. Alexa seems to be… Read more »

Nice work – if you can get it!

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Description: Well, having about 90% of your compensation based on bonus incentives for reaching performance targets might seem a bit risky. But don’t feel too bad for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. His new five year contract could pay him up to $200 million. The NFL owners have been concerned about recent declines in television viewership… Read more »

Look up! Rates are rising

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Description: After years of cuts and restraint on interest rates, on Wednesday the Bank of Canada raised interest rates for the second time in three months. The Bank’s move sparked a rally in the loonie, with the Canadian dollar rising to its highest level in two years versus the United States dollar. The Bank appears… Read more »

Netflix over one target, under another

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Description: Netflix‘s earnings per share exceeded the analysts’ estimates in its recent report on the first quarter. Conversely, the number of new subscribers was below what analysts had predicted. Overall, Netflix seems profitable with net income up to $178 million, an increase of about $150 million. The stock has been doing quite nicely, with the… Read more »

No social media allowed

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Description: Unlike in the United States, Canadian securities regulators have blocked Canadian publicly traded companies from announcing important information first on social media. Canadian companies are required to report information first via the traditional press release. One concern regulators have is that an item could be posted to social media, and then taken down shortly… Read more »

Will Apple face America First pressure?

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Description: Donald Trump has put pressure on US automakers to keep manufacturing jobs in America. But what about Apple? The wealthy computer maker doesn’t actually make its devices in the United States. Globe and Mail columnist Eric Reguly points out that many of Apple’s products owe a debt to government funded technological advances, so perhaps… Read more »