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TSX rises broadly on Janet Yellen nod, U.S. budget hopes
TSX rises broadly on Janet Yellen nod, U.S. budget hopes

Canada's main stock index rose broadly on Wednesday as investors were encouraged by the nomination of a new Federal Reserve chief and on signs of hope for a resolution to the government shutdown south of the border.

Fur farm industry in Canada doubles in five years
Fur farm industry in Canada doubles in five years

It’s a trend that would put a chill through any nearly naked PETA protester. Statistics Canada reported Wednesday that the country’s fur farm industry, concentrated in Nova Scotia and Ontario, is surging with the value of mink pelt sales in 2012 reaching $245 million, more than double just five years earlier.

Are you afraid of the taxman?
Are you afraid of the taxman?

As we head into the month of Halloween, investors may be haunted by past October frights such as the Crash of '29 or Black Monday in '87.

Billionaire Paul Desmarais dead at 86
Billionaire Paul Desmarais dead at 86

Paul Desmarais, chairman of Power Corporation of Canada and one of the country's richest men, has died.

Obama to name Janet Yellen as next Fed chair: White House
Obama to name Janet Yellen as next Fed chair: White House

U.S. President Barack Obama will announce his intent to nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen to be the next head of the U.S. central bank on Wednesday, a White House official said on Tuesday.

Planning for the golden years
Planning for the golden years

If you are saving for retirement in an RRSP, at some point in time you are going to have to make a decision on how you are going to start the income from that account.

Students who drop math, science will hurt economy: Report
Students who drop math, science will hurt economy: Report

High school students who drop out of science and math courses will inevitably hurt the economy, a new report says.

Feds block MTS' sale of Allstream over national security concerns
Feds block MTS' sale of Allstream over national security concerns

The federal government has blocked Manitoba Telecom Services' sale of its Allstream division due to national security concerns.

Talisman Energy shares surge as Carl Icahn acquires stake
Talisman Energy shares surge as Carl Icahn acquires stake

Talisman Energy Inc shares surged in after-hours trading on Monday after activist investor Carl Icahn said he had purchased about 61 million shares of the underperforming Canadian oil producer and may seek a seat on the company's board.

Top 28 U.S. government shutdown memes
Top 28 U.S. government shutdown memes

The ongoing debacle over the government shutdown in the U.S. could drive some to despair.

Mark Cuban tells insider trading trial share sale was long planned
Mark Cuban tells insider trading trial share sale was long planned

Dallas Mavericks basketball team owner Mark Cuban testified at his insider trading trial on Monday that he had said "on multiple occasions" he intended to sell a stake in an Internet search firm before he learned the stake was about to lose value.

Wall Street falls as uncertainty grows over government shutdown
Wall Street falls as uncertainty grows over government shutdown

U.S. stocks fell on Monday, extending their two-week decline, as the ongoing U.S. government shutdown kept investors jittery, with no sign politicians were willing to relax positions over the debt ceiling or budget impasse.

BlackBerry hit with class action suit in U.S.
BlackBerry hit with class action suit in U.S.

A shareholder of BlackBerry Ltd sued the company and its executives on Friday, accusing them of inflating the stock price by painting a misleadingly rosy picture of the business prospects of its BlackBerry 10 smartphone line.

Ont. customers get OK to sue Bell Mobility
Ont. customers get OK to sue Bell Mobility

A class action lawsuit against Bell Mobility that claims expiry dates on prepaid wireless services are illegal can go ahead, Ontario Superior Court has ruled.

Tweeter Home shares explode in apparent Twitter mix-up
Tweeter Home shares explode in apparent Twitter mix-up

Shares of Tweeter Home Entertainment Group surged on Friday as misguided investors apparently viewed the stock as an unbelievable opportunity to jump into the not yet publicly traded Twitter Inc.

Most Canadian homeowners planning renos: Survey
Most Canadian homeowners planning renos: Survey

A new survey found 65% of Canadian respondents plan some kind of home renovation in the next 12 months and they expect to spend, on average, $8,992.

What Gen Y learned from the Great Recession
What Gen Y learned from the Great Recession

Talk about a teaching moment. The financial crisis that just notched its five-year anniversary was the ultimate classroom for investors and savers. And, according to a new survey by Fidelity Investments, Gen Yers - those born between 1981 and 1988, - were taking better notes than just about anybody else. FOX Business Network's (FBN) Gerri Willis, host of The Willis Report (6PM/ET), weighs in below on some money lessons from the Great Recession:

Half of Canadians unlikely to snitch on tax cheats: Survey
Half of Canadians unlikely to snitch on tax cheats: Survey

A new survey has found 53% of Canadians wouldn't tell on someone they know who is cheating on their taxes.

Reforming old age security could save feds $730M: Report
Reforming old age security could save feds $730M: Report

The federal government could save big money by changing old age security so it targets lower- and middle-income seniors, the Fraser Institute says in a new report.

Cdns want to believe economy improving: Report
Cdns want to believe economy improving: Report

Consumer confidence is up, hitting 82.1, up from 79.7 in May, and 79.1 a year ago, a Harris Decima survey found.

Ho-ho-hold the debt: Budget now for holiday spending
Ho-ho-hold the debt: Budget now for holiday spending

The average Canadian spent more than $1,600 on gifts, entertaining, travelling and other expenses last holiday season.

Former Loblaws pitchman Dave Nichol dead at 73
Former Loblaws pitchman Dave Nichol dead at 73

The man who brought us Memories of Szechwan and the Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie has died.

Is it ever OK to lie about money?
Is it ever OK to lie about money?

Lying to a spouse, or a parent, or a kid about one's financial affairs? Terrible idea.

Almost half of young Canadians have found their 'dream job,' poll finds
Almost half of young Canadians have found their 'dream job,' poll finds

While many people struggle to find work in a post-recession economy, a new report has found a silver lining: 46% of Canadians under 35 have found their "dream job."

TD Bank to pay $52.5M over Florida Ponzi scheme
TD Bank to pay $52.5M over Florida Ponzi scheme

Toronto-Dominion Bank will pay $52.5 million in civil penalties to settle charges by U.S. regulators that it violated securities laws in connection with a Ponzi scheme conducted by Florida lawyer Scott Rothstein, who is serving a 50-year prison term.

What's not in your wallet?
What's not in your wallet?

Last weekend, being the fun-loving gal that I am, I decided to add up the value of my digital assets. The total was $7,500.

Warren Buffett says 'dumb' to not lift debt ceiling
Warren Buffett says 'dumb' to not lift debt ceiling

Buffett says "dumb' to not lift debt ceiling

Five things to consider when you win the lottery
Five things to consider when you win the lottery

A couple of weeks ago, I was enjoying a leisurely Sunday morning when I received a call from one of my long-time clients. He needed to speak with me about what to do with his more than $10 million in lottery winnings. I hadn't even had my cup of coffee yet!

Feds, Ontario give $142.5M to Ford Motor Company
Feds, Ontario give $142.5M to Ford Motor Company

The federal and Ontario governments are pumping up to $142.5 million into the Ford Motor Company to upgrade its Oakville assembly plant.

B.C., Ontario sign on for common securities regulator
B.C., Ontario sign on for common securities regulator

The federal government and the governments of B.C. and Ontario have agreed to a common capital markets regulator.

Honda to recall 405,000 vehicles over airbag system glitch
Honda to recall 405,000 vehicles over airbag system glitch

Honda Motor Co said it is recalling about 405,400 vehicles including the Odyssey minivan in the United States and three other countries due to a glitch in the computer chip used in the airbag system.

Beanie Babies creator pleads guilty to tax evasion
Beanie Babies creator pleads guilty to tax evasion

The billionaire creator of Beanie Babies, Ty Warner, was charged on Wednesday with tax evasion and agreed to plead guilty and pay a penalty of almost $53.6 million, according to prosecutors and his attorney.

Starbucks asks patrons to leave guns at home
Starbucks asks patrons to leave guns at home

Starbucks Corp Chief Executive Howard Schultz requested on Tuesday that the coffee chain's customers leave their firearms at home, shifting company policy amid an increasingly fractious debate over U.S. gun rights in the wake of multiple mass shootings.

War's influence on Wall Street
War's influence on Wall Street

The world of business has always been a harsh, survival-of-the-fittest environment. Like any realm in which there is competition and the threat of losses, the investing world is rife with conflict. So it is not surprising to see so many military terms creeping into the vocabulary of everyday investors or TV analysts. Take a look at the war-related terms that have invaded the corporate ranks.

Ontario auto industry losing ground to U.S., Mexico: Report
Ontario auto industry losing ground to U.S., Mexico: Report

A new economic report shows Ontario's auto industry is not revving up the economy as much as expected.

Entrepreneur starts tuition free version of Harvard
Entrepreneur starts tuition free version of Harvard

Minerva Schools of KGI doesn't yet have accreditation, a campus or even a full faculty roster, but it is offering something even Harvard can't - four years of free tuition for its first matriculating class.

Should I join my company pension?
Should I join my company pension?

Starting a new job can be a nerve-wracking and yet exciting experience.

Bombardier's CSeries makes inaugural flight
Bombardier's CSeries makes inaugural flight

Bombardier's CSeries, the largest passenger jet ever produced in Canada, made its maiden test flight Monday after $3.4 billion in development and several delays.

Bill Gates tops Forbes rich list... again
Bill Gates tops Forbes rich list... again

The richest 400 Americans are significantly richer in 2013 than they were last year and younger Americans are accumulating wealth at a faster clip than their baby boomer counterparts, according to two reports released Monday.

Financial crisis: 5 years later, Americans still angry at Wall Street
Financial crisis: 5 years later, Americans still angry at Wall Street

A few years ago, Larry Summers, then the director of President Barack Obama's National Economic Council, held a private meeting with some of Wall Street's top bankers and executives.

Canadians rack up record high household debt
Canadians rack up record high household debt

Household debt continues to climb and it's getting more difficult for Canadians to keep up with the bills, new data from Statistics Canada shows.

Britain plans to sell Royal Mail in weeks
Britain plans to sell Royal Mail in weeks

Britain embarked on its largest privatization in decades on Thursday as the government unveiled plans to sell the majority of the near 500-year-old state-owned Royal Mail postal service.

Rogers names Vodafone UK chief as new CEO
Rogers names Vodafone UK chief as new CEO

Rogers Communications Inc said on Thursday that Guy Laurence will take over as chief executive in December, following the retirement of current CEO Nadir Mohamed.

University tuition to quadruple from 1991 rate by 2016: Study
University tuition to quadruple from 1991 rate by 2016: Study

A student who begins post-secondary school in 2016 will pay four times the amount of tuition as their counterparts who started in 1990.

England possibly switching from paper to plastic bills
England possibly switching from paper to plastic bills

The Bank of England is moving closer to ditching paper pounds and following Australia and Canada into switching to plastic banknotes instead.

Women investing in women
Women investing in women

Last week's Harvard Business Review announced that female-owned entities in all sectors now represent "approximately 37% of enterprises globally - a market worthy of attention by business and policy-makers alike."

Bell files legal challenge to cell tower, roaming rules
Bell files legal challenge to cell tower, roaming rules

BCE Inc , Canada's largest telecommunications company, has issued a legal challenge to the federal government's indefinite extension of cellular tower-sharing and roaming rules designed to help new entrants to the market.

Use the proper investment benchmarks
Use the proper investment benchmarks

How do you know how your investments are doing?

Moore hopeful wireless bidders lurking
Moore hopeful wireless bidders lurking

Industry Minister James Moore tuned out pleas by the country's major telecoms Thursday to change course on the government's pledge to open the wireless market to more competition to lower costs for consumers.

Bank of Canada holds rates steady
Bank of Canada holds rates steady

The Bank of Canada held its key interest rate steady on Wednesday but signaled it has concerns about global economic uncertainty and the health of the country's export sector, suggesting it is in no rush to follow the U.S. Federal Reserve in altering monetary policy.

No Verizon, no problem, says industry minister
No Verizon, no problem, says industry minister

Industry Minister James Moore's office confirms there is no Plan B to increase wireless market competition even though Verizon has hung up on expansion into Canada.

ABCs of RESPs: Building an education nest egg
ABCs of RESPs: Building an education nest egg

As your little ones head off to school, it's hard to imagine your thoughts will turn to post-secondary education in the not-so-distant future. If you haven't already set up a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), there's no better time than now.

Verizon may still look at international expansion
Verizon may still look at international expansion

Verizon Communications Inc Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam on Tuesday did not rule out international expansion even as the company plans a $130 billion purchase of Vodafone Group Plc's 45% stake in Verizon Wireless.

Loblaw-Shoppers Drug Mart deal gets support
Loblaw-Shoppers Drug Mart deal gets support

Two independent proxy advisory firms have recommended that Shoppers Drug Mart shareholders vote in favor of Loblaw Co Ltd's $12.4 billion takeover offer, the Canadian pharmacy chain said on Tuesday.

Top 12 wacky ads of 2013 (so far)
Top 12 wacky ads of 2013 (so far)

You are probably sick of the endless 'motherless breadfish' ads - if you haven't seen it count yourself lucky - but no need to stop there. We've compiled a gallery of wacky ads that have caught our attention so far this year.

Verizon, Vodafone in $130B deal, Canada no longer on horizon
Verizon, Vodafone in $130B deal, Canada no longer on horizon

Verizon Communications agreed on Monday to pay $130 billion to buy Vodafone out of its U.S. wireless business, signing history's third-largest corporate deal to bring an end to an often fractious 14-year marriage.

Retirement saving should be realistic, not idealistic
Retirement saving should be realistic, not idealistic

Planning for retirement can be overwhelming. It requires thinking about long-term goals and it forces consideration of a more sensitive subject — one's own mortality.

Analysis: Don't be afraid of retirement planning
Analysis: Don't be afraid of retirement planning

Planning for retirement can be overwhelming. It requires thinking about long-term goals and it forces consideration of a more sensitive subject — one's own mortality.

Horrible investment advice a big pet peeve
Horrible investment advice a big pet peeve

Peeve No. 1: Just because someone is on the radio and television or in the newspaper, it doesn't mean they are qualified to give investment advice.

Immigration selection should be based on businesses' needs: Report
Immigration selection should be based on businesses' needs: Report

Immigrants to Canada have been costing taxpayers since 1986, and the solution is to base the immigration process on the needs of businesses, a new study from a right-wing think-tank suggests.

Canada an entrepreneur hotbed: Report
Canada an entrepreneur hotbed: Report

Canada ranks in the top five among G20 countries when it comes to entrepreneurship, but many still say they have trouble accessing the funding and help they need, according to a new report by a global financial services firm.

Establishing credit as a newcomer to Canada can be an ordeal
Establishing credit as a newcomer to Canada can be an ordeal

Locating new schools and communities are just a few of the challenges new Canadians face when they immigrate here. For many, establishing a credit history so they can purchase a home, car or even secure a mobile phone plan and insurance is a top — albeit confusing — priority.

Remove caps on foreign ownership of wireless for better competition: Report
Remove caps on foreign ownership of wireless for better competition: Report

The real way to offer Canadians more choice in wireless is to stop limiting foreign ownership of Canadian companies, a new report says.

To rent or buy? There's more to it than money
To rent or buy? There's more to it than money

After you have thoroughly researched the financial issues of the rent-versus-buy decision, let's look at the issue from a different perspective, one involving emotional factors and personal preferences that collectively determine the impact of your decision on your quality of life.

Tick tock goes the investment clock
Tick tock goes the investment clock

How much time do you have left? This may sound like a morbid question, but only if you are thinking about mortality.

Getting paid to tweet in Indonesia
Getting paid to tweet in Indonesia

In Indonesia's capital Jakarta, a buzzer is not an alarm or a bell, but someone with a Twitter account and more than 2,000 followers who is paid to tweet.

Nasdaq resumes trading after delay
Nasdaq resumes trading after delay

U.S. stocks held to gains in afternoon trading on Thursday after trading resumed at the Nasdaq exchange following a more than three hour halt.

Telecom competition needed: Industry Minister
Telecom competition needed: Industry Minister

Canada is focused on boosting competition in the telecom sector and will examine any move by industry leader Rogers Communications Inc to back a private equity bid for two small wireless carriers, Industry Minister James Moore said on Wednesday.

Money-saving tips for single-income families
Money-saving tips for single-income families

Either by choice or necessity, an increasing number of Canadian families is getting by on just one salary.

Judge approves Kodak's bankruptcy plan
Judge approves Kodak's bankruptcy plan

Eastman Kodak Co, once a mighty photography pioneer, earned court approval on Tuesday for a plan to emerge from bankruptcy as a much smaller digital-imaging company.

First year of retirement: where does the money go?
First year of retirement: where does the money go?

You can play with retirement planning calculators from now until you're 90, but it's unlikely any of them will factor in expenses like a $1,000 custom-made satin-and rhinestone stage outfit.

Canadians to receive higher salaries in 2014
Canadians to receive higher salaries in 2014

Canadians can expect to see their salaries rise next year, but not by as much as this year, according to a new survey of employers.

Canadians accused of $140M fraud nabbed in Thailand
Canadians accused of $140M fraud nabbed in Thailand

Two more Canadian men have been arrested in the investigation of a $140-million international penny stock scheme that allegedly involved fraudulently inflating share prices.

Canadians to receive higher salaries next year, but not by much
Canadians to receive higher salaries next year, but not by much

Canadians can expect to see their salaries rise next year, but not by as much as this year, according to a new survey of employers

Economist accused of stalking faces more charges
Economist accused of stalking faces more charges

A Dutch economist faces additional criminal charges in New York for allegedly stalking Citigroup Inc's global chief economist, Willem Buiter.

Dropping out for a year, with the whole family
Dropping out for a year, with the whole family

At this time last year, Graham Bodel was analyzing equities for Credit Suisse in Manhattan.

Target customer service fails to impress Canadians: Survey
Target customer service fails to impress Canadians: Survey

Target is "dropping the ball" on customer satisfaction just five months after entering the Canadian market, a new survey has found.

Telecoms to change tack in anti-Verizon crusade: Sources
Telecoms to change tack in anti-Verizon crusade: Sources

Canada’s three biggest wireless companies plan to attack Verizon’s role in the U.S. government’s electronic spying scandal, as they scramble to force the feds to rethink rules.

Conrad Black a no-show at Ontario securities hearing
Conrad Black a no-show at Ontario securities hearing

Former media baron Conrad Black never showed up to face the throng of cameras and reporters at an Ontario Securities Commission hearing Friday.

Conrad Black ordered to pay $4.1 million
Conrad Black ordered to pay $4.1 million

Former press baron Conrad Black is banned from acting as a director of a U.S. company and must pay $4.1 million in restitution in a settlement with the U.S. securities regulator that ends a long-standing lawsuit over Black's dealings as the head of the Hollinger media empire.

Investors must keep their balance
Investors must keep their balance

I have always maintained you should never go wrong with a good balanced portfolio.

Cisco cutting 4,000 jobs, CEO sees slow progress
Cisco cutting 4,000 jobs, CEO sees slow progress

Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc is cutting 4,000 jobs, or 5 percent of its workforce, as it makes a fresh attempt to reduce costs and refocus on growth areas in the face of uncertain demand for its networking equipment.

Verizon delays acquisitions of Wind Mobile and Mobilicty: report
Verizon delays acquisitions of Wind Mobile and Mobilicty: report

Verizon Communications Inc has decided to put off the acquisition of two small Canadian wireless companies until after a government auction of wireless licenses in January, a media outlet said, citing people familiar with the matter.

Secrets, lies and finances
Secrets, lies and finances

Are you a penny pincher or a shopaholic, a risk taker or security seeker? Each of us has a financial personality and when building a relationship, it's important to learn more about one another's financial philosophies — and any financial baggage.

They charge for that? Surprise hotel fees
They charge for that? Surprise hotel fees

If anyone is an educated hotel guest, it's Bjorn Hanson, dean of New York University's Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management.

Canadian home prices rose 0.7% in July: Report
Canadian home prices rose 0.7% in July: Report

Canadian home prices rose in July from June to an all-time high, but the modest monthly gain suggests the robust housing market may be cooling again, according to data from the Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index on Wednesday.

Think like Warren Buffett
Think like Warren Buffett

Back in 1999, Robert G. Hagstrom wrote a book about the legendary investor Warren Buffett entitled "The Warren Buffett Portfolio".

Heinz to cut 600 jobs in North America
Heinz to cut 600 jobs in North America

H.J. Heinz Co, the world's largest ketchup maker, said on Tuesday it plans to eliminate 600 jobs across North America.

Four Canadians charged in $140M penny stock fraud
Four Canadians charged in $140M penny stock fraud

U.S. authorities said Tuesday they have charged four Canadians in a more than $140-million international penny stock scheme that involved fraudulently inflating share prices and trading volumes.

U.S. sues to block AMR-US Airways merger; stocks fall
U.S. sues to block AMR-US Airways merger; stocks fall

The U.S. Justice Department filed an unexpected lawsuit on Tuesday to block the merger of American Airlines parent AMR Corp and US Airways Group Inc, saying the deal would hurt consumers by leading to higher fares and fees.

More Canadians turn to loans to pay for school: Survey
More Canadians turn to loans to pay for school: Survey

Canadian post-secondary students are relying less on college savings or their parents to pay for school, and more on loans.

Public sector layoffs weigh on job market in July
Public sector layoffs weigh on job market in July

Record job losses in the public sector and scarce opportunities for youth led to unexpected weakness in the Canadian labour market in July, hinting at a sluggish start to the third quarter.

BlackBerry open to going private: Sources
BlackBerry open to going private: Sources

BlackBerry Ltd is warming up to the possibility of going private, as the smartphone maker battles to revive its fortunes, several sources familiar with the situation said.

Tim Hortons responds to pressure with $900M buyback plan
Tim Hortons responds to pressure with $900M buyback plan

Tim Hortons Inc, the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain that has been facing pressure by shareholders, said on Thursday it was expanding its share buyback plan by C$900 million ($863.4 million) as it cut its growth forecast even though quarterly profit topped estimates.

Save Mom and Dad from costly dating mistakes
Save Mom and Dad from costly dating mistakes

It can be challenging to tell your teenager that you aren't happy with the person he or she is dating. Try having that same conversation with Mom or Dad.

Newsweek bought by digital-only media company
Newsweek bought by digital-only media company

IBT Media, a digital-only media company, said on Saturday it was acquiring Newsweek from IAC/InterActive Corp, which took over the venerable title in 2010, stopped its print edition and relaunched it as a digital-only magazine earlier this year.

Canadians financial literacy questioned
Canadians financial literacy questioned

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters once said, “get a good job with more pay, you’re doing OK.”

Boston Globe sold to Red Sox owner
Boston Globe sold to Red Sox owner

The New York Times Co. has agreed to sell The Boston Globe to the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox for $70 million in cash, a small fraction of what the Times paid for the newspaper 20 years ago.

Rogers designs plan to thwart Verizon's Canada move
Rogers designs plan to thwart Verizon's Canada move

Rogers Communications, Canada's largest wireless phone company, has crafted a plan to gain control of two struggling rivals to impede any move by U.S. giant Verizon Communications Inc into Canada, an industry source has confirmed to Reuters.

Plan early to reach financial goals
Plan early to reach financial goals

When you look at where you are today and think about where you want to be in five years from a financial standpoint, do you feel confident you are on track?

Barrick posts loss on big impairment charge
Barrick posts loss on big impairment charge

Barrick Gold Corp reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results on Thursday, sending its shares up as much as 5.6% even as it recorded a massive $8.7 billion impairment charge and cut its dividend by 75%.

Financial advice that is popular - and wrong
Financial advice that is popular - and wrong

Some financial advice is so oft-repeated that everyone takes it for granted: You shouldn't bring debt into retirement. Debit cards are safer than credit cards. Older folks should invest more conservatively. As they used to say on Seinfeld, yadda yadda yadda.

14% of Canadians say they'll never be debt-free: Poll
14% of Canadians say they'll never be debt-free: Poll

Fourteen percent of Canadians say they won't be able to pay off their debt before they die, according to a new poll.

How Bitcoin works
How Bitcoin works

Bitcoin is a digital currency that exists almost wholly in the virtual realm, unlike physical currencies like dollars and euros.

GDP rises 0.2% in May
GDP rises 0.2% in May

The Canadian economy grew by 0.2% in May from April, according to Statistics Canada data on Wednesday, below forecasts and somewhat dampening expectations for the second quarter.

Life experiences can be valuable
Life experiences can be valuable

In the investment industry, when we try to value companies, we regularly include intangible assets such as “goodwill.”

TD Bank warns of insurance loss due to weather claims
TD Bank warns of insurance loss due to weather claims

Toronto-Dominion Bank , Canada's second-largest lender, said it will take a third-quarter charge after tax of $418 million (US$406 million) due to recent severe weather in Alberta and Ontario and to boost its reserves for auto insurance claims.

Telus challenges Ottawa's wireless policy in court
Telus challenges Ottawa's wireless policy in court

The battle between Canada's three large wireless carriers and the Canadian government escalated on Monday with one of the incumbents, Telus Corp., taking the government to court over a recent decision over the transfer of spectrum licences.

Grumpy Cat endorses Grumppuccino
Grumpy Cat endorses Grumppuccino

Maybe some Grumppuccino can finally cheer up the Grumpy Cat... nah!

Stocks down ahead of Fed
Stocks down ahead of Fed

U.S. stocks fell and the dollar hovered near a five-week low on Monday ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting, which will be closely watched for clues on when the U.S. central bank will begin to slow its bond-buying program.

HBC to buy Saks for $2.9 billion in cash
HBC to buy Saks for $2.9 billion in cash

Richard Baker is doubling down on his attempt to revive big-name department stores with a $2.4 billion bid to buy Saks Inc, bringing the iconic New York retailer under the same roof as Lord & Taylor and Canada's Hudson's Bay.

How to avoid 'gray charges' on credit card bills
How to avoid 'gray charges' on credit card bills

A multibillion-dollar business has grown up around “gray charges” - extra credit card charges for products and services consumers never wanted or meant to sign up for. Some experts say these charges are deceptive and misleading, if not illegal.

6 charged in major credit card, Nasdaq hacking cases
6 charged in major credit card, Nasdaq hacking cases

U.S. prosecutors charged six foreign nationals with hacking crimes, including credit and debit card thefts that authorities say cost U.S. and European companies more than $300 million US in losses, and charged one of them with breaching Nasdaq computers.

Internet powers cross-border shopping bonanza: PayPal
Internet powers cross-border shopping bonanza: PayPal

A study released on Monday showed that Internet-powered shopping across national borders has created "modern spice routes" holding wealth for local merchants who tap into the booming trend.

Insurance company loses $257M from flooding, rail disaster claims
Insurance company loses $257M from flooding, rail disaster claims

One of Canada's biggest insurance companies has estimated its losses at $257 million in the wake of recent catastrophes affecting thousands of its customers.

Striking Coca-Cola workers approve deal
Striking Coca-Cola workers approve deal

Production at a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Brampton, Ont., will resume Monday after workers approved a new deal by 83%, the Canadian Auto Workers said in a statement.

Analysis: Don't crowd eggs in one basket
Analysis: Don't crowd eggs in one basket

Jonathan Medved, CEO of Israeli start-up OurCrowd, spoke to about 300 people in Toronto last week on the topic of crowdfunding. That term describes the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.

Bank of Canada lays out conditions for steady rates
Bank of Canada lays out conditions for steady rates

The Bank of Canada pledged on Wednesday to keep its benchmark interest rate on hold as long as there is economic slack, weak inflation and households are managing debt carefully, but it also made it clear its next rate move will likely be a hike.

McDonald's budgeting tips for workers out of touch with reality
McDonald's budgeting tips for workers out of touch with reality

McDonald's has launched a new website to help its employees budget their income and develop "practical money skills for life."

Analysis: Let's talk about fees
Analysis: Let's talk about fees

Lately, buzz in the investment world has revolved around trailer fees paid to advisers.

CRTC rejects Bell's request to make payphone calls $1
CRTC rejects Bell's request to make payphone calls $1

The CRTC says charging a dollar to make a payphone call is just loony.

Loblaw-Shoppers merger finalized
Loblaw-Shoppers merger finalized

One of the biggest mergers in recent Canadian retail history wasn’t finalized over lunch at an exclusive club, but on a country road, northwest of Toronto, last Thursday.

Analysis: A real conversation about the role of government
Analysis: A real conversation about the role of government

Every Canadian taxpayer is shelling out, on average, around $1,600 in taxes every year to pay for our bloated federal workforce.

'Zero-hours' jobs growing in Britain
'Zero-hours' jobs growing in Britain

No work, no pay, but still employed? Welcome to Britain's 'zero-hours contracts', which offer no guaranteed amount of work and pay, and some weeks provide nothing.

Analysis: Your banker is not your friend
Analysis: Your banker is not your friend

In my latest book, Money Rules, there's a rule that says, "your banker is not your friend." I'm not sure where we got the idea that our bankers are there to make sure we make the best decisions, but it simply isn't true.

Youth unemployment could present opportunities
Youth unemployment could present opportunities

Liberal finance critic Scott Brison says youth unemployment is scarring multiple generations of Canadians.

Dealing with 10 coworker personality conflicts
Dealing with 10 coworker personality conflicts

In an ideal world, you get to work in a palatial, heavenly setting while you pursue your professional dreams of being CFO, controller, investment banking managing director, or private equity partner. Saint Peter (better known as human resources) lets you pass through the pearly gates with ease during interviews and you can treasure your professional lifestyle living in the clouds. You are constantly fed fresh grapes and berries as you sit on your golden rocking chair contemplating whether to give the green light on multimillion dollar projects.

Wall Street rises for fourth day on earnings hope
Wall Street rises for fourth day on earnings hope

U.S. stocks rose for the fourth session in a row on Tuesday as investors bet that companies will be able to surpass the low bar set for earnings season, leaving room for better-than-expected results that could drive the rally further.

Gold hovers near three-year low
Gold hovers near three-year low

The dollar climbed to a three-year high on Monday and gold was hovering near a three-year low, as last week's strong U.S. jobs data continued to feed expectations of a stimulus cut by the country's central bank.

Analysis: 'The Fountainhead' as an antidote to corporate corruption
Analysis: 'The Fountainhead' as an antidote to corporate corruption

The corporate world has been plagued by an array of corruption scandals in recent years. In Quebec, construction and engineering firms have been especially hard hit. I don't know if the phenomenon has gotten worse, or if we've simply become more aware of it.

Japan's DoCoMo holds out to iPhone mania
Japan's DoCoMo holds out to iPhone mania

NTT DoCoMo Inc, Japan's largest mobile provider and a pioneer of the mobile Internet, is one of just a few holdouts among the world's big mobile carriers not offering Apple Inc's iPhone to its 60 million customers.

Analysis: Dollar-cost averaging helps investors manage risk
Analysis: Dollar-cost averaging helps investors manage risk

People are always looking for the best time to buy when investing their money. Ultimately, no one wants to pay too much for an investment that they know will fluctuate in value from one day to the next.

More money lessons for kids
More money lessons for kids

If you think you're preserving their innocence by not teaching your kids about money, you're not.

6 ways mentors elevate your career
6 ways mentors elevate your career

Finance professionals looking for ways to elevate their careers have a variety of sources to turn to that provide career-enhancing information.

JP Morgan disciplined star banker in 2009 over emails
JP Morgan disciplined star banker in 2009 over emails

Ian Hannam, one of London’s most prominent bankers who is fighting to clear his name after a 2012 fine for market abuse, was disciplined by his bank four years ago over his working practices, according to court documents.

Loonie at 21-month low against the greenback
Loonie at 21-month low against the greenback

The Canadian dollar slid to a 21-month low against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday, hurt by signs the Canadian economy is struggling even as U.S. growth allows the Federal Reserve to consider reducing monetary stimulus.

Winklevoss twins plan IPO for Bitcoin-tracking stock
Winklevoss twins plan IPO for Bitcoin-tracking stock

The Winklevoss twins, who famously alleged that Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg stole their website idea, have revealed plans for an IPO that will give investors exposure to the value of digital currency Bitcoins.

S&P 500 extends gains
S&P 500 extends gains

U.S. stocks ended higher on the first day of the third quarter on Monday, supported by signs of strength in manufacturing and construction sectors. But the major U.S. stock indexes pulled back from their session highs late in the day as investors sold some shares to book profits.

Blowing our tax dollars on windmills
Blowing our tax dollars on windmills

Who doesn't love windmills?

All wireless spectrum transfer deals to get review
All wireless spectrum transfer deals to get review

The Canadian government will review all sales of wireless airwave licenses and reject any deals that would lead to undue concentration, it said on Friday in its latest move to weaken the dominance of the country's three big wireless carriers.

Budget-friendly summer fun
Budget-friendly summer fun

Doing things as a family becomes harder as the size of your family increases. Even the price of dinner and a movie for a modestly sized family can put a hole in your budget if money is tight.

5 easy fixes for a high summer electric bill
5 easy fixes for a high summer electric bill

Summer has arrived and as the temperatures begin to soar, many consumers can expect their electric bill to do the same.

BlackBerry hits bump in turnaround road, shares plunge
BlackBerry hits bump in turnaround road, shares plunge

BlackBerry’s total market value plunged by more than one-fourth on Friday after the smartphone maker reported dismal quarterly results, prompting ever-deeper skepticism about a long-promised turnaround.

CRTC approves BCE's Astral bid with conditions
CRTC approves BCE's Astral bid with conditions

Canada’s broadcast regulator approved a $3 billion bid by BCE Inc, the country’s biggest telecoms company, to take over Astral Media Inc on Thursday, a deal that will provide BCE with more content to distribute to television, computer and mobile screens.

Technology changing the way we learn about finance
Technology changing the way we learn about finance

Let's admit it: Becoming financially literate doesn't sound like the most fun thing to do. Conventional methods of educating people are not often overly successful because they don't attract the interest of the masses. We all know we should learn more about money matters, but the topic has a way of drifting lower and lower down the priority list.

Rona closing 11 stores across Canada
Rona closing 11 stores across Canada

In a drive to save $70 million a year, Rona is shutting down 11 money-losing stores across Canada.

Square's website for small businesses takes on e-commerce giants
Square's website for small businesses takes on e-commerce giants

Since 2010, Square Inc's matchbox-sized card readers have steadily supplanted credit card machines in coffee shops and corner stores across the United States.

TSX opens higher as Fed stimulus fears ease
TSX opens higher as Fed stimulus fears ease

Canada's main stock index opened higher on Thursday, helped by gains across most major sectors, after healthy U.S. economic data lifted investor sentiment. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 51.17 points, or 0.43%, 12,003.07 shortly after the open.

Bank of Canada: Housing market cooler, still a risk
Bank of Canada: Housing market cooler, still a risk

Canada's heated housing market and near-record personal debt is less of a risk than it was a year ago, but the central bank is not letting down its guard just yet, a Bank of Canada official signaled on Wednesday.

TSX opens lower as golds offset gains in banks
TSX opens lower as golds offset gains in banks

Canada's main stock index opened lower on Wednesday as gold-mining stocks slumped following a tumbling bullion price, more than offsetting gains in the financial and energy sectors after U.S. data helped calm stimulus fears. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was down 36.85 points, or 0.31%, at 11,968.57 shortly after the open.

Canadians heading North and West for jobs
Canadians heading North and West for jobs

Canadian workers are flocking to where the jobs are - this country's North and its West.

Doug Riding: What will your investments do for you?
Doug Riding: What will your investments do for you?

As a financial planner, I am frequently asked for my opinion on different investments and, invariably, the holdings in question are ones that recently achieved double-digit returns over a short period of time.

Allowances based on what you can afford, and child's age
Allowances based on what you can afford, and child's age

To learn how to manage money, kids need an income they can rely on — one given at regular intervals — so they can learn how to plan ahead, how to set goals (both short- and long-term) and how to save.

China growth angst takes TSX to 10-month low
China growth angst takes TSX to 10-month low

Canada’s main stock index slumped on Monday, hitting a 10-month low, as anxiety about China’s economic growth helped weaken commodity prices and fuel declines in shares of gold and energy producers.

Barrick Gold to lay off up to a third of its corporate staff: Sources
Barrick Gold to lay off up to a third of its corporate staff: Sources

Barrick Gold Corp, the world's largest gold producer, is this week going to lay off up to one-third of its corporate staff from its headquarters in Toronto and a few other offices, according to two sources familiar with the situation.

Hershey Canada fined $4 million for price-fixing
Hershey Canada fined $4 million for price-fixing

Hershey Canada pleaded guilty Friday to price-fixing and was fined $4 million. They got off easy for co-operating with the Competition Bureau, which can ask for up to $10 million in fines and up to five years in prison for the other three candy companies accused in the case.

Pros and cons of denser cities
Pros and cons of denser cities

Cities are amazing places, bringing together all sorts of different people.

TSX broadly higher after Fed-inspired selloff
TSX broadly higher after Fed-inspired selloff

Canada's main stock index rose on Friday as investors returned to equities after a two-day selloff triggered by concern about the U.S. Federal Reserve's plan to slow its stimulus program.

Canadians 'obsessed' with real estate: Poll
Canadians 'obsessed' with real estate: Poll

Canadians love hockey, talking about the weather and ... real estate?

TSX falls to two-month low
TSX falls to two-month low

Canada's main stock index suffered its biggest one-day drop in more than two months on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve's nod toward exiting its stimulus program hit global markets and triggered a massive selloff in gold-mining shares.

Vimpelcom unit drops Wind Mobile bid
Vimpelcom unit drops Wind Mobile bid

A subsidiary of European telecoms company Vimpelcom Ltd has withdrawn its bid to take control of Canada's Wind Mobile from its founder and chief executive, Anthony Lacavera, a surprise move that creates further uncertainty about the future of the upstart Canadian wireless company.

Wall Street falls sharply on Bernanke comments
Wall Street falls sharply on Bernanke comments

Canada's main stock index slipped on Wednesday after comments by the U.S. Federal Reserve that it could begin rolling back its stimulus program this year weighed on investor sentiment and caused declines across most sectors.

Bank of Canada in uncharted territory: Poloz
Bank of Canada in uncharted territory: Poloz

Canadians did their part to pull the country through the recession, now the burden of continuing the economic recovery must shift to business.

4 reasons why your credit card company thinks your card is stolen
4 reasons why your credit card company thinks your card is stolen

Cyber crimes and identity theft in recent years have become more sophisticated to the point that cybercriminals have opened up online stores that offer up credit card and account information from unsuspecting victims.

Employee burnout costing companies billions: Report
Employee burnout costing companies billions: Report

Burnout, depression and other mental health issues are hurting employee productivity and costing Canadian companies billions, a new report suggests.

4 ways to take your career to the next level
4 ways to take your career to the next level

While the U.S. economy remains a source of conflicting data and statistics, there are genuine signs that it is entering a tentative and sustainable period of recovery. Even though the national unemployment remains uncomfortably high and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has trimmed its 2014 projection for U.S. growth by 0.3%, there are a host of other indicators that suggest that the economy is healthier than at any point since the global recession.

U.S. Fed keeps buying bonds at $85B monthly pace
U.S. Fed keeps buying bonds at $85B monthly pace

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday the U.S. economy is expanding strongly enough for the central bank to begin slowing the pace of its bond-buying stimulus later this year.

Teaching kids about money
Teaching kids about money

It's one of the universal truths about kids: Get them in a store and they are transformed into beggars as persistent as any telemarketer. Every shopping trip leads to upturned faces and pleas of: "Mom, can I have this?"

Chrysler issues massive Jeep recall
Chrysler issues massive Jeep recall

Chrysler Canada will voluntarily recall 180,000 of its older model Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty SUVs over fears that the fuel tanks may catch fire in a rear-end crash, the company announced Tuesday.

Tim Hortons pressed by a second hedge fund, shares jump
Tim Hortons pressed by a second hedge fund, shares jump

Tim Hortons Inc is under mounting pressure from activist investors to boost shareholder value a few weeks before a new CEO takes over after a second hedge fund said it had amassed a big stake in the coffee and doughnut chain.

The rich expand holdings, increase in number: Study
The rich expand holdings, increase in number: Study

The number of millionaires in the world jumped 9.2% to 12 million last year, in part because of simultaneous strength in the stock, bond and real estate markets, according to a study of the high-net-worth population.

Company smoking bans will help employees quit: Report
Company smoking bans will help employees quit: Report

A day after Statistics Canada said smoking levels have flatlined in Canada, a report says employers should implement company smoking bans.

Wall Street extends rise, investors see no change in Fed policy
Wall Street extends rise, investors see no change in Fed policy

U.S. stocks advanced for a second straight day on Tuesday as investors bet the Federal Reserve would temper statements which were interpreted to mean a sooner-than-expected winding down of stimulus efforts.

Verizon eyeing wireless business in Canada: Report
Verizon eyeing wireless business in Canada: Report

Verizon Communications Inc is looking to enter Canada's cellular telephone business, potentially fulfilling the government's hopes of having a fourth major wireless company, the Globe and Mail reported on Monday.

Canadian two-armed vibrator maker wins U.S. patent case
Canadian two-armed vibrator maker wins U.S. patent case

Couples in the United States looking to spice up their sex lives will have to do without certain adult toys after a U.S. trade panel ruled on Monday that some companies are violating a patent held by a Canadian company for a two-armed vibrator.

Lululemon seeks 'head boss person,' must love yoga
Lululemon seeks 'head boss person,' must love yoga

Yoga gear maker Lululemon wants a "head boss person" who can communicate in Sanskrit, hold a headstand for at least 10 minutes and is ready to break the rules, the Vancouver-based company said on Friday in a tongue-in-cheek job ad.

Pen still mightier than the tablet
Pen still mightier than the tablet

Computers, tablets and smartphones have not yet managed to crowd out pens and pencils, says Faber-Castell, German maker of high-end writing instruments.

Canada delays Wind Mobile deals on security concerns: Report
Canada delays Wind Mobile deals on security concerns: Report

The Canadian government has delayed the approval of two deals that would solidify Vimpelcom Ltd's control of wireless carrier Wind Mobile over national security concerns, a Canadian newspaper reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.

The economic cost of surgery wait times
The economic cost of surgery wait times

While most Canadians would agree on the human cost of waiting for surgery and other medical treatments in Canada, few realize that there is also an economic cost in addition to the frustration, pain and stress for individuals and their families.

Rupert Murdoch files for divorce from wife Wendi
Rupert Murdoch files for divorce from wife Wendi

News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from his wife Wendi, the company confirmed on Thursday, just days before News Corp. itself splits into two.

TSX rallies on news of Safeway deal
TSX rallies on news of Safeway deal

Canada's main stock index rebounded on Thursday after days of weakness as worries about central bank stimulus were offset by a jump in Empire Co Ltd , which is buying Safeway Inc's Canadian assets for $5.7 billion.

Stewart: Financial truths my father told me
Stewart: Financial truths my father told me

As part of my research, I have had the privilege of hearing some of the messages that accomplished women received from their dads when they were growing up. This advice helped to build their financial confidence. In honour of Father's Day, I'll share some of their wisdom.

Canada's millionaires: Self-made, immigrants and women
Canada's millionaires: Self-made, immigrants and women

The wealthiest Canadians are no longer white men from old money.

Lululemon chairman sold stock before CEO's surprise departure
Lululemon chairman sold stock before CEO's surprise departure

Yogawear maker Lululemon Athletica Inc's Chairman Dennis "Chip" Wilson sold stock worth $50 million days before shares slumped on the news of Chief Executive Christine Day's surprise departure.

Sobeys buying Canada Safeway stores for $5.8 billion
Sobeys buying Canada Safeway stores for $5.8 billion

Sobeys is buying 213 Safeway stores for $5.8 billion, parent company Empire Company Limited announced Wednesday.

Newfoundland and Labrador to lead economic growth
Newfoundland and Labrador to lead economic growth

Newfoundland and Labrador is on pace to economically outperform all provinces this year and next, according to new research released Wednesday by the Conference Board of Canada.

Wall Street little changed as investors mull policy path
Wall Street little changed as investors mull policy path

U.S. stocks were little changed in early trading on Wednesday, gaining modestly amid advances in energy and materials shares, even as investors continued to mull how soon central banks will begin to scale back supportive measures.

Canadian online sales surged in 2012: Report
Canadian online sales surged in 2012: Report

The value of goods Canadian companies sell online annually more than doubled in five years, according to new Statistics Canada figures.

U.S. CEOs more optimistic on economy, hiring: Survey
U.S. CEOs more optimistic on economy, hiring: Survey

U.S. chief executives expect to hire more workers in the next six months and for sales to improve modestly, a tepid if slightly optimistic reading on the U.S. economy, a Business Roundtable survey has found.

Superman brings in super bucks
Superman brings in super bucks

There's nothing funny about how much cash comic book heroes pull in. Superman has been both a superhero in action and a super source of revenue.

Day quits Lululemon CEO post despite first-quarter profit
Day quits Lululemon CEO post despite first-quarter profit

Lululemon Athletica’s Christine Day executed the “outgoing boss” pose Monday, announcing she is stepping down as CEO of the yoga gear manufacturer and retailer.

TSX ends slightly higher
TSX ends slightly higher

U.S. stocks were little changed on Monday after Standard & Poor’s raised its credit outlook for the United States, but uncertainty about when or if the Federal Reserve might reduce its stimulus efforts limited gains.

5 secrets credit card companies don’t want you to know
5 secrets credit card companies don’t want you to know

It turns out, your credit card company may not always have your best interests in mind when signing you up for one of their cards. Check out some of the ways you can lessen your interest payments and avoid other unnecessary penalties that lurk in the fine print.

Achieve debt-free status: Measure your progress
Achieve debt-free status: Measure your progress

Ever noticed that when you start something new you're all gung-ho, but as time goes by your energy and effort wanes? Hey, we're human. Once we lose our initial lust for our goal, it turns into something that feels more like concrete shoes.

A car that pays for its own parking? Audi's working on it
A car that pays for its own parking? Audi's working on it

Audi is testing a new connected car technology that will make waiting for carpark barriers to lift, trying to snatch a ticket from a machine while hanging out of the car window and frantically searching for coins when leaving all things of the past.

Canadians to spend more on Father's Day
Canadians to spend more on Father's Day

Canadians plan to dish out more money for Father's Day this year.

Canadians plan to spend nearly $4,000 on non-essential expenses this summer: Study
Canadians plan to spend nearly $4,000 on non-essential expenses this summer: Study

Canadians say they plan on spending an average of $3,978 on non-essential expenses this summer, a survey says.

Kelly-Gagnon: Rationing drugs is not the way to cut costs
Kelly-Gagnon: Rationing drugs is not the way to cut costs

I know an easy way to control growing health care costs: just force patients to wait a full year instead of just five months before they get surgery.

Economy adds 95,000 jobs in May: StatsCan
Economy adds 95,000 jobs in May: StatsCan

The Canadian economy added 95,000 new jobs in May, the biggest monthly gain in more than a decade.

Mars, Nestle charged with price fixing
Mars, Nestle charged with price fixing

Canada has charged two of the world’s biggest candy makers, Nestle SA and Mars Inc, with colluding to fix the price of chocolate, the Canadian competition watchdog said on Thursday.

Automakers see strongest spring sales in years
Automakers see strongest spring sales in years

Canadian buyers returned to the showroom in droves last month, as automakers celebrated the second-best May ever for vehicle sales.

IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad stepping down as chairman
IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad stepping down as chairman

Asked if he would ever quit IKEA, 87-year-old founder Ingvar Kamprad told an interviewer last year he “had no time to die”. But his latest step back from the world’s biggest furniture group has pushed a younger generation to the fore.

Mobile payments not catching on
Mobile payments not catching on

Consumers the world over still prefer cash and cards to NFC-enabled phones.

Hefty fines for companies that violate consumer product laws
Hefty fines for companies that violate consumer product laws

Companies that break consumer safety laws, which apply to everyday goods including kids' toys and household products, could now face hefty fines of up to $25,000 per day.

Feds block Telus deal with Mobilicity
Feds block Telus deal with Mobilicity

The federal government has rejected a $380-million bid from telecom giant Telus to absorb Mobilicity as it continues to bring in measures to increase competition, but stops short of questioning the success of previous efforts to bring consumer prices down.

Porsche launches anniversary edition 911
Porsche launches anniversary edition 911

What better way to mark the 50th birthday of a true motoring icon than with a special commemorative model?

Lululemon pants back on shelves
Lululemon pants back on shelves

Lululemon Athletica Inc’s black “Luon” pants are back on store shelves, the Canadian retailer said on Monday, following a highly-publicized recall in March after the fabric was deemed too transparent.

Analysis: The realities of home ownership
Analysis: The realities of home ownership

Sometimes folks say they want something, but then do things that totally work against them achieving their goal. Home ownership is a perfect example.

CRTC changes rules for cellphone cancellation fees
CRTC changes rules for cellphone cancellation fees

Canadians will soon be able to cancel their wireless contracts after two years without paying any cancellation fees and travel with their phones without fear of returning home to a shocking data-roaming bill.

Study suggests what wins in the art of negotiation
Study suggests what wins in the art of negotiation

Make a precise offer — whether buying a car or home or negotiating a salary — and you'll seal a strong deal, say two professors at Columbia Business School in New York.

Carney's stint at the central bank ends
Carney's stint at the central bank ends

Superstar central banker Mark Carney's time heading up the Bank of Canada comes to an end Saturday.

Slash-and-burn policies in Europe. Really?
Slash-and-burn policies in Europe. Really?

I know that many people are skeptical whenever statistics are being quoted to prove a point. As the saying goes, statistics can be made to prove anything, 50% of the time.

Smart ways for Canadians to use their tax refund
Smart ways for Canadians to use their tax refund

Doing one's taxes is an annual chore akin to going to the dentist. Even when we expect our tax return to bring a refund, we all dread the end of April when our taxes are due. The increasingly complex financial situations we find ourselves involved in make each year's return seem more painstaking than the last.

Quebecor sells Jobboom, Reseau Contact for $65M
Quebecor sells Jobboom, Reseau Contact for $65M

Quebecor Media, the owner of QMI Agency, has sold job search site Jobboom and dating site Reseau Contact to e-commerce company Mediagrif Interactive Technologies for $65 million.

How U.S. tax loophole mistake saves companies billions each year
How U.S. tax loophole mistake saves companies billions each year

As the U.S. economy crumbled in early 2009, President Barack Obama offered a plan that he said would save American jobs: a crackdown on corporate tax loopholes that encourage companies to send profits abroad to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes each year.

Analysis: Keep the taxman out of your investments
Analysis: Keep the taxman out of your investments

If you are a novice investor in Canada, our tax system can make it very difficult to get the most after-tax growth out of your savings. This is because all of our income is taxed at different rates and, due to our progressive tax system, the more you make, the more they take.

Bank of Canada holds rate again
Bank of Canada holds rate again

The Bank of Canada said on Wednesday that its next move would be an interest rate hike rather than a cut, repeating its previous language and opting not to rock the boat in the final policy decision under outgoing Governor Mark Carney.

Investing for beginners, not dummies
Investing for beginners, not dummies

One of my colleagues in the investment industry sent me a note the other day. He said, "I have a client couple: He is very interested (in the process) and she is not interested although she recognizes that she should be a little more educated on the topic of investing ... She asked if I could recommend a book on 'investing for dummies' or 'investin

Stop comparing and set your own financial goals
Stop comparing and set your own financial goals

Did you know the Royal Bank has a tool on its website that measures how you stack up against people in your region and Canada in general when it comes to your income and net worth?

RBC Code of Conduct a welcome step: Steelworkers
RBC Code of Conduct a welcome step: Steelworkers

The United Steelworkers, Canada's largest union, congratulated the Royal Bank of Canada for promising not to hire foreign workers to replace Canadians and not to outsource jobs.

Focus on fighting poverty, rather than inequality
Focus on fighting poverty, rather than inequality

Let me ask you a trick question: What do you care most about: the well-being of poor people around you, or income inequalities between these poor people and the rich?

TD Bank profit rises
TD Bank profit rises

Toronto-Dominion Bank reported a 2% increase in quarterly earnings as higher trading, business lending and U.S. banking income offset slowing loan growth in its core Canadian market.

Reduce risk in your portfolio
Reduce risk in your portfolio

What is your investment strategy and how does it address the risks associated with a rising and falling stock market?

Amazon launches fan fiction publishing platform
Amazon launches fan fiction publishing platform

Kindle Worlds gives uber fans with literary aspirations the chance to publish and sell their works based on their favourite books, comics, TV shows, music and games, free from legal reprisals.

Planned spending an easy way to deal with large expenditures
Planned spending an easy way to deal with large expenditures

The very best way to make sure you have the money you need to do all the things you want without blowing up your budget is to stir "planned spending" into the mix.

Business aviation still waiting for recovery
Business aviation still waiting for recovery

Manufacturers of business jets can look forward to climbing sales in the years to come thanks to emerging markets as they gather in Switzerland for an annual air show, having survived the turbulence of the global financial crisis.

Square debuts Square Cash
Square debuts Square Cash

Mobile payments startup Square's new Square Cash allows users to email one another money.

Analysis: Taxes will make obesity even costlier
Analysis: Taxes will make obesity even costlier

There are several chronic diseases, such as hypertension and Type 2 diabetes, which are consistently linked to obesity. And since more and more Canadians are becoming obese each year, this is costing us billions of additional dollars in health care.

U.S. authorities seize accounts of major Bitcoin operator
U.S. authorities seize accounts of major Bitcoin operator

U.S. authorities have seized two accounts linked to a major operator in the booming Bitcoin digital currency market, Tokyo-based exchange Mt. Gox. The move may prevent the firm from facilitating the purchase and sale of Bitcoins in U.S. dollars at a time when use of the currency and its value has mushroomed.

April inflation well under forecast
April inflation well under forecast

Cheaper gasoline and cars helped Canada’s annual inflation rate fall dramatically in April to 0.4% from 1% in March, below expectations and well outside the Bank of Canada’s target range of 1-3%. It was the lowest since 0.1% in October 2009.

TSX ends higher; lifted by Telus, financials
TSX ends higher; lifted by Telus, financials

Canada’s main stock index advanced on Thursday, boosted by stronger financial stocks and a move by Telus Corp to acquire a smaller wireless carrier. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed up 33.95 points, or 0.27%, at 12,507.60. Seven of the 10 main sectors on the index were higher.

Canadians feeling the pinch of 'food inflation': Poll
Canadians feeling the pinch of 'food inflation': Poll

Rising food prices are making Canadians cut back on other expenses and contributing to their generally negative outlook on the economy, a new RBC report has found.

Stock-market fluctuations a necessary risk
Stock-market fluctuations a necessary risk

If you are saving for retirement and find that you are glued to the radio or TV when the stock market is experiencing wild and volatile movements, you may find yourself asking "why am I taking a risk by investing and not just saving in a bank account or a GIC?"

Telus to buy Mobilicity for $380M
Telus to buy Mobilicity for $380M

Telus Corp, one of Canada’s biggest wireless telephone companies, said it will pay $380 million to acquire Mobilicity, a recent entrant to the industry which helped force prices down but failed to draw many customers.

Dow, S&P 500 set records again; investors confident
Dow, S&P 500 set records again; investors confident

U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 hitting new all-time highs in a broad market rally as the recent upward momentum persisted.

U.S., Britain most desirable spots for foreign workers: Poll
U.S., Britain most desirable spots for foreign workers: Poll

Britain has leapfrogged Australia to become the world’s second most desirable location for professionals looking to live and work abroad, trailing only the United States, a survey found on Wednesday.

Loblaw to sign Bangladesh safety accord
Loblaw to sign Bangladesh safety accord

Loblaw Companies says it will commit to sign an accord on fire and building safety in Bangladesh.

Canadian house prices edge higher in April
Canadian house prices edge higher in April

Canadian home prices rose in April from March as three strong cities in Western Canada more than offset weak showings elsewhere, while the annual gain in prices slowed, the Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index showed on Tuesday.

Overdraft no different than any other debt
Overdraft no different than any other debt

I get letters every week from people seeking help to get out of debt. A lot of those people have overdraft protection and spend more time in overdraft than out. They see that overdraft as a barrier to getting started on a budget, typically saying something like: "How am I supposed to make a budget work when I'm already working with no money because

6 things you think add value to your home - but really don't
6 things you think add value to your home - but really don't

Every homeowner must pay for routine home maintenance, such as replacing worn-out plumbing components or staining the deck, but some choose to make improvements with the intention of increasing the home's value.

Amazon Coins roll out
Amazon Coins roll out

Online retail giant Amazon's virtual currency becomes legal tender for U.S. App Store customers and Kindle Fire owners.

Chrysler recalls 469,000 SUVs worldwide
Chrysler recalls 469,000 SUVs worldwide

Chrysler Group LLC is recalling about 469,000 SUVs worldwide to update software after some vehicles’ circuit boards were found to be transmitting signals that trigger inadvertent gear shifts to neutral, the No. 3 U.S. automaker said Saturday.

Future looks bright for online investing: BMO study
Future looks bright for online investing: BMO study

Canadians may soon add investing to their list of favourite online activities.

Canada recovers some jobs in April
Canada recovers some jobs in April

The Canadian economy in April recovered 12,500 of the 54,500 jobs estimated to have been lost in March, but the unemployment rate stayed at 7.2%, Statistics Canada reported on Friday.

The Internet needs freedom, not regulation
The Internet needs freedom, not regulation

We live in an amazing world. There's a good chance you're reading this column on a tablet while sipping coffee on a sofa. Or perhaps on your Android or Apple smartphone while riding the subway. If so, you can thank the hard work of Internet entrepreneurs.

Tim Hortons CEO cautious on higher debt, share buyback
Tim Hortons CEO cautious on higher debt, share buyback

Tim Hortons Inc is likely to raise its debt levels and buy back shares but not to the extent that an activist investor is pushing for, Paul House, chief executive of the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain, said on Thursday.

Telus profit steams ahead, BCE trails on flat revenue
Telus profit steams ahead, BCE trails on flat revenue

Canadian telecoms provider Telus Corp promised three more years of dividend growth on Thursday as it reported a 13% rise in quarterly profit, results that outshone cross-Canada rival BCE Inc.

Canadian Tire plans $3.5 billion REIT, shares soar
Canadian Tire plans $3.5 billion REIT, shares soar

Canadian Tire Corp, best-known for its namesake automotive and homeware stores, said it plans to create a $3.5 billion real estate investment trust through an initial public offering in the fall of 2013.

Fire hits Nissan parts warehouse in India
Fire hits Nissan parts warehouse in India

A warehouse supplying parts to Nissan Motor Co Ltd’s and Renault SA’s factory in India was almost destroyed by fire on Thursday, a Nissan spokeswoman said, possibly affecting production at the 400,000-car-per-year plant.

What did your mother tell you about money?
What did your mother tell you about money?

In honour of Mother's Day, I would like to share some sage financial advice from the mothers of some accomplished women around the world.

Einhorn's advice: Don't take my advice
Einhorn's advice: Don't take my advice

David Einhorn, one of the most closely followed managers in the $2 trillion hedge fund industry, had some blunt advice on Wednesday for his fellow investors: Do your own homework.

Depatie becomes new Quebecor president and CEO
Depatie becomes new Quebecor president and CEO

Robert Depatie officially became president and CEO of Quebecor Inc. at the company's annual meeting in Montreal on Wednesday.

Enron's Skilling reaches deal for shortened sentence
Enron's Skilling reaches deal for shortened sentence

Jeffrey Skilling could be freed from prison a decade earlier than originally expected over his role in bringing down the energy trader, in one of the biggest corporate frauds in U.S. history.

Mom-and-pop indicator implies headroom for stocks
Mom-and-pop indicator implies headroom for stocks

This is not your parents' bull market.

Oil production gushing in Alberta: Energy board
Should you write a book?
Should you write a book?

Wealth managers who think that writing a book will bring them influence and a flood of new clients may want to think again.

Quebecor profit halves as media revenue falls
Quebecor profit halves as media revenue falls

Canadian media and telecommunications conglomerate Quebecor Inc’s first-quarter profit halved due to higher costs, a sharp drop in media revenue and lower gains on financial instruments.

Tim Hortons names new CEO; profit falls
Tim Hortons names new CEO; profit falls

Tim Hortons Inc, under pressure from a U.S. hedge fund seeking better returns, named a new chief executive on Wednesday as it reported a 3%t fall in first-quarter profit.

Many mid-sized Canadian cities haven't recovered from recession: Report
Many mid-sized Canadian cities haven't recovered from recession: Report

Nearly half of Canada's mid-sized cities are still feeling the effects of 2008's global recession, a new report has found.

Don't get in a minimum-payment mess
Don't get in a minimum-payment mess

I work with a lot of people who have credit cards on which they are making only the minimum payment each month.