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Finance

Mar 1, 2007
Bull Market: Taking Stock
BCBusiness D.B.

Has the bull market run its course? Does the recent tax legislation mean it’s time to dump income trusts? Investors enter this RRSP season with more than the usual dose of nerves as they ponder their investment options. For advice, BCBusiness met with two experts who spend their days making...

Jan 1, 2007
Unravelling an Investment Spin
Patrick Wolfe

If someone suggested that you should invest in a business based on the production of spider-silk proteins by transgenic goats, you might feel that they were weaving a bit of a tangled web themselves. In fact, such a company did exist.

Jan 1, 2007
B.C. Economy: Running with the Bull Market
Tony Wanless

But not to fear. Here in B.C., at least, rumours of the death of the long-running bull are greatly exaggerated. Far from a decline in GDP, economists are predicting continued boom times in 2007, with economic growth continuing unabated. Canada is now a country with two economies. Central Canada, with...

Dec 1, 2006
Vancouver and Corporate Headquarters: An Exodus
Don Whiteley

The contrast couldn’t be more telling. In Calgary, energy giant EnCana plans to build a spectacular $1-billion, 59-storey office tower headquarters that will be the second highest in Canada. That’s assuming Imperial Oil, not yet out of the starting gate...

Sep 1, 2006
B.C.'s Economy: Knowledge is Power
Tony Wanless

The B.C. economy is riding high today, with oil, gas, mining and forestry companies pouring out product like there’s no tomorrow – not to mention raking in billions. Evidence of the boom is everywhere: labour shortages, new residents flowing here...

Aug 1, 2006
Hungry Predator Funds are Sizing up B.C.
Tony Wanless

Once upon a time, the standard business process was to build a private business and when it reached a certain size, take it public on the stock market. If you performed well, your company thrived. Now hungry predator funds are sizing up B.C. businesses.

Jul 3, 2006
Insolvency and Alternatives: Belly up
Jane Mundy

In the 1990s, Gail Winkelmann became co-owner of a commercial and residential garbage disposal business in Surrey. The client list, which included construction companies, grew steadily during the first two years, generating enough work to lease five trucks and hire...

Dec 1, 2004
When Single Industry Towns go Bust: Fired
Andrew Findlay

In Louis Creek, next to the moonscape where the lumber mill once stood, a dozen or so brand-new vinyl-sided houses have emerged from the ashes of the fire that destroyed the mill. Their sparkling new appearance creates an incongruous veneer...

Sep 1, 2004
Sabbaticals: Time Off With New Behavior
Lori Bamber

Start planning now and you could be taking a year off by 2009. For inspiration, we’ve tracked down four sabbatical veterans – four different fields, four different kinds of sabbaticals . . . four fabulous examples of why you should start planning one of your own.

Jul 1, 2004
Economic Politics: The Billion Dollar Question
Robin Brunet

Have Gordon Campbell’s economic policies been visionary or myopic? Unfortunately, we can’t rely on statistics to provide a clear answer to that question. Worse, pundits often use statistics to reach contradictory – and confusing – conclusions. Listeners to CKNW’s Money...

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