Canadian’s Financial Lives Increasingly Driven By Tech

Canadian's Financial Lives Increasingly Driven By TechA study released this week by Microsoft Advertising confirms what many have already suspected: Canadians see technology as something of a double-edged sword as they increasingly use online services and mobile devices to manage their finances. The technology company surveyed 2,000 people online, and the resulting study, dubbed The Financial Lives of Canadians, suggests consumers have passed a tipping point in terms of their routine use of online tools. Fully…

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Oil Price Forecasters Adjust to a New Market Reality

Oil Price Forecasters Adjust to a New Market RealityAs recently as a couple of months ago, few in Alberta would have predicted that the biggest blow to their oil-driven prosperity since the global financial downturn would come via a shakedown by Saudi Arabia. The most popular assumptions about the big risks would have been: lack of market access, competition from U.S. shale production, green campaigns against the oilsands, policy initiatives related to climate change and investment scarcity because…

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Market Ups and Downs Spell End of Low Volatility Era

Market Ups and Downs Spell End of Low Volatility EraIn the last month, the U.S. stock market is down just 0.8 percent, but it’s been a bumpy ride: Since Dec. 9, the S&P 500 has had a 4 percent selloff, a 6 percent rally, and a 4 percent drop that ended Thursday with a two-day gain of 3 percent. Equities were hit hard again Friday – down almost 1 percent. Investors made queasy by the sharp selloffs and snapback…

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Five New Things Investors Should Try in 2015

Five New Things Investors Should Try in 2015The start of a new year causes many people to vow to change, make resolutions or try something new — after their hangover wears off anyway. For investors, it can be a good time to review their portfolios, investment goals and strategies: Is your investment plan working? Is your advisor earning his or her keep? Is your portfolio diversified and balanced? Investors can, of course, stick with the tried and…

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