3 Subtle Differences Between Workaholics and High Performers

3 Subtle Differences Between Workaholics and High Performers“I’m a recovering workaholic,” admits Jullien Gordon, a nationally recognized speaker and founding partner of New Higher, in a recent LinkedIn post. Workaholism, he says, looks similar to high performance on the outside — but they’re actually nothing alike. Gordon has spent the last year doing research and conducting experiments on himself to understand the difference between workaholism and high performance. He found that while they both look like hard…

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7 Investing Books To Read Now

7 Investing Books To Read NowNotwithstanding the protestations of anyone who believes that surfing the Internet is a proxy for actual learning, the real world is not teachable in 140 character increments. Therefore, I generally recommend to people who genuinely want to learn about the investing and capital markets that they embark on a program to read seven seminal books that give an unvarnished look into the industry and its characters, opportunities and challenges. With…

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Canadian Dollar Under Pressure Over Rates and Economy

Canadian Dollar Under Pressure Over Rates and EconomyThe Canadian dollar has had a sharp slide since the beginning of 2014 and most predictions are that it will go lower. RBC economists say 87 cents by this fall, perhaps 85 cents next year, while TD Bank says 85 cents before the end of the year, then a rebound to 90 cents in 2015. On Friday the loonie closed up 0.26 of a cent at 89.21 cents US, having…

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5 Ways to Limit Your Risk of Credit or Debit Card Fraud

5 Ways to Limit Your Risk of Credit or Debit Card FraudWhen Target acknowledged last month that 70 million credit and debit card accounts had been exposed to theft, it was another stark reminder that any of us can become victims of fraud. Close to half a billion dollars is lost to credit-card fraud in Canada annually. Here are five ways to limit your risk: 1. Answer your phone with suspicion Be wary of individuals who ring you out of the…

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Retirement Saving Should Be Realistic Not Idealistic

Retirement Saving Should Be Realistic Not IdealisticPlanning 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. An RBC study reports that only 52% of Canadian boomers actually put a plan on paper despite understanding its importance. However, they worry about it. According to a recent Investors Group survey, financial concerns affect 32% of Canadian couples and 60% of them put retirement…

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Square for Small Businesses Takes on eCommerce Giants

Square for Small Businesses Takes on eCommerce GiantsSince 2010, Square Inc’s matchbox-sized card readers have steadily supplanted credit card machines in coffee shops and corner stores across the United States. Now, the company, one of Silicon Valley’s most highly valued private firms, is diving into a market as expansive the internet itself. Square launched a shopping website this week called Square Market to serve as an online storefront and payment processor for small businesses, a move that…

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Why are so many of Canada Young People out of work?

Why are so many of Canada Young People out of work?Some may call them whiny and self-important, but when it comes to jobs, Generation Y’s sense of entitlement is partly the result of being pointed down career paths that have led them back to the same opportunities they had when they were teenagers. “I don’t expect vacations, shopping or extravagance in my life,” said Angie Robbins, a 27-year-old who has a bachelor’s degree in nursing. “I want to work, [but]…

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Cheap American Flights threaten Canadian Airport Business

Cheap American Flights threaten Canadian Airport BusinessThe promise of cheaper flights is driving many Canadians across the border to U.S. airports — costing millions of dollars in lost revenue in Canada — but the federal government says it won’t subsidize air travel. The trend of more Canadians flying out of the United States is disconcerting to Canada’s aviation industry, which is calling on the federal government to do something to lure back those travelers…

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Canadian Housing Market Shows Signs of Stabilization

Canadian Housing Market Shows Signs of StabilizationThere were signs of stabilization in the housing market as prices continued to climb in January, while total sales fell from a year before, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. The average national sale price of a home rose two per cent from January 2012 to $354,754 last month, while the number of homes sold in January declined 5.2 per cent from a year earlier. CREA says that’s due…

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Cellphone Contract Crackdown Sought by Watchdog

Cellphone Contract Crackdown Sought by WatchdogCanada’s competition watchdog told the broadcast regulator how it would overhaul cellphone contracts, including doing away with hidden fees and misleading claims designed to make it harder to switch carriers and keep prices high. In a submission to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the Competition Bureau laid out changes it would like implemented in the telecom industry…

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