Finance

Mar 8, 2021
B.C. women entrepreneurs have spoken: they want better access to capital
Nick Rockel

Want proof that women entrepreneurs have different funding needs than their male counterparts? Jill Earthy, CEO of the Women’s Enterprise Centre, offers a cautionary tale. WEC began working with Vancouver City Savings Credit Union last June, when B.C. businesses were reeling from the early effects of the pandemic. “They recognized the need to have a loan product combined with the wraparound support services to help businesses, particularly women-led businesses, at that time,” Earthy says of Vancity. Recognizing that women entrepreneurs needed...

Mar 7, 2021
You Had Me at IPO: No need to curb your enthusiasm for PocketPills
Nathan Caddell

We take a sometimes weekly and always tongue-in-cheek look at some B.C. companies making noise with big-money raises. Don’t take this too seriously. Unless you make money off it—then we want some. An interesting role that technology has played in recent...

Mar 3, 2021
Pacific Trader: Will Well Health Technologies’ big acquisition break the fever for its stock?
Michael McCullough

The stock: The pandemic—or the markets’ reaction to it, anyway—has been a balm to Well Health Technologies (TSX:WELL). The Vancouver-based company, which offers virtual and in-person health-care services as well as electronic medical records (EMR) storage, has soared more than...

Feb 25, 2021
You Had Me at IPO: Chip Wilson sees things with mushroom grower Optimi Health Corp.
Nathan Caddell

We take a sometimes weekly and always tongue-in-cheek look at some B.C. companies making noise with big-money raises. Don’t take this too seriously. Unless you make money off it—then we want some. Optimi Health Corp. hit the Canadian Stock Exchange today...

Feb 24, 2021
Pacific Trader: Should you buy into First Quantum’s decarbonization play?
Michael McCullough

The stock: Economists sometimes put the honorific “Dr.” in front of copper for its PhD-like ability to predict the trajectory of the global economy. Right now, it’s flashing green—as are the shareholders of First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM). The Vancouver-founded company, which...

Feb 19, 2021
Russell Starr keeps being wrong about buying gold. But he still thinks he's right
Nick Rockel

When Russell Starr looks at the frothy U.S. stock market, he sees big trouble ahead. “I still think my thesis is right,” says the president and CEO of Vancouver-headquartered Trillium Gold Mines. “And that is, this just doesn’t end well.” Starr, who is based in Toronto, keeps sticking to his belief that investing in gold—and, theoretically, cryptocurrency—is a smarter bet than chasing the latest hot stock...

Feb 5, 2021
The 5 Canadian millennials you'll meet in stock market subreddits
Nathan Caddell

You first noticed it when your carpenter friend said something about Dollarama’s market cap. And then again when your post-punk-loving barber started fiddling on Wealthsimple mid-cut. Of course, it became impossible to ignore when a group of Redditors “held the line”...

Jan 28, 2021
The Innovators: FrontFundr opens up private equity investing to the public
Nathan Caddell

Peter-Paul Van Hoeken remembers what it was like when he founded FrontFundr in 2013. The Vancouver-based crowdfunding outfit sought to open up investing in private companies to the public, something more or less unheard of in Canada. Businesses were happy...

Jan 25, 2021
After a strong finish to 2020, what’s in store for B.C.’s M&A market?
Nick Rockel

Despite the pandemic, the second half of 2020 turned out to be a busy time for mergers and acquisitions involving B.C. businesses. For some insight into how things unfolded last year and what 2021 might hold, we talked to Enoch Chang, a Vancouver-based partner with Fasken who specializes in M&A and corporate and commercial law...

Jan 7, 2021
Vancity beats other Canadian banks and credit unions to net-zero pledge
By the Editors

It won’t happen overnight—not by a long shot—but Canada’s biggest community credit union is getting out of financing fossil fuels. Vancouver City Savings Credit Union just became the first bank or credit union in the country to commit to net-zero carbon emissions across its entire lending portfolio. Vancity plans to reach that goal by 2040, a decade ahead of the global target encouraged by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

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