Toronto stocks, loonie close higher, while U.S. markets mixed + MORE Mar 13th

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Free speech isn’t fair. So what? + MORE Mar 23rd

It’s hard not to admire the way this generation’s emerging right-wing thought leaders have leveraged campus trolling in the pursuit of fame and wealth. Set up a YouTube channel, speak some scintilla of truth—usually with a hint of anti-feminist or white supremacist sympathies—appear .... More »
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Can I diversify with a few stocks or do I need a mutual fund? + MORE Mar 24th

Having a few stocks doesn’t add up to the diversification of a fund. Shutterstock   Q. I would like to know if it’s better to own diverse stocks (for instance, one bank stock, one energy stock, one railway stock, one telecom, etc.) or mutual funds which are no-load and low MER such .... More »

Podcast 15: The Value of Simple Mar 17th

The latest episode of the Canadian Couch Potato podcast focuses on the relationship between cost and complexity in your investment plan.  You can often lower fees in your portfolio with a few simple changes that require no additional skill or effort. But there are times when accepting slightly hi.... More »

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have just confirmed it: online privacy is dead + MORE Mar 20th

Mitch Joel is President of Mirum, a global digital marketing agency with offices in Toronto and Montreal and author of Six Pixels of Separation and CTRL ALT Delete. Did Facebook hack the 2016 U.S. election? No. Did it swing the result? Probably. Did it do it on purpose? No, not likely. But this w.... More »

New mortgage rules behind slide in B.C. home sales: real estate association + MORE Mar 15th

VANCOUVER _ The British Columbia Real Estate Association says tough mortgage qualification rules are a key reason for a provincewide drop in housing demand last month compared with February 2017. The association says home sales fell 5.7 per cent in February, with about 6,200 properties changing hand.... More »
The new agency’s greatest challenge isn’t a lack of resources. It’s U.S. President Donald Trump and the uncertainty gripping investment in Canada.

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What’s happening to Canada’s defence spending? Harjit Sajjan respondsDefence Minister Harjit Sajjan answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Adrian Wyld/CP)
Harjit Sajjan is Canada’s minister of defence. Here, he responds to an opinion piece by Ken Hansen on national defence spending, which first appeared on
On Jun. 7, 2017, our government announced Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged. Our new defence policy ensures that the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces have the funding, resources, critical equipment and support they need to succeed in their missions.
Ken Hansen’s recent article, “What’s happening to Canada’s defence spending?”, claims that Budget 2018 does not provide the funding required to meet the needs of our military.  In fact, the funding for ‎Strong, Secure, Engaged was already approved, set aside and announced when our policy was released. The financial plan laid out in Strong, Secure, Engaged is not only fully costed but fully funded…

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TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed higher Monday as the loonie moved up against the U.S. dollar on a mixed day for the markets.
The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 26.98 points to 15,604.79 in a day that saw gold and base metals move higher while energy stocks weighed in the market.
In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 157.13 points to 25,178.61. The S&P 500 index was down 3.55 points to 2,783.02 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 27.51 points to close at another record high of 7,588.32.
The Canadian dollar closed at 77.94 cents US, up 0.06 of a US cent.
The April crude contract was down 68 cents to US$61.36 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was up five cents at US$2.78 per mmBTU.
The April gold contract was down $3.20 to US$1,320.80 an ounce and the May copper contract was down one cent to US$3.12 a pound.
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Matt Bottomley, the Alternative Pharmaceuticals research analyst at Canaccord Genuity, recently spoke with The Globe and shared his thoughts on the cannabis market

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Qualcomm had earlier rebuffed Broadcom’s $117-billion takeover bid, which was under investigation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

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