Finance

Oct 1, 2007
BCSC Rules: Trade Secrets
David Baines

Under BCSC rules, all publicly traded companies that privately sell shares or issue options must file a form – known as a Form 20 – listing the names and addresses of all purchasers and optionees. Until April 2003, those forms were publicly available, either in hard copy at the commission office or electronically on the BCSC website.

Sep 14, 2007
Executive Compensation: Big Bucks
BCBusiness D.B.

Executive payouts break records every year, the wage gap between CEOs and average workers grows constantly more vast, and both the U.S. and Canada are reworking the rules on how companies pay the brass. It’s time to big bucks. Executive compensation has become a tricky beast, laden with elaborate stock schemes whose windfalls make million-dollar salaries look like chump change. It’s all led to confounded directors, irritated shareholders and nervous regulators.

Sep 1, 2007
Banking in Canada: Personal Interest
Peter Mitham

The legislation governing bank in Canada changed in 2001 to allow more competition in the sector, ushering in a host of smaller players and prompting the country’s major financial institutions to become more savvy about their customer's personal interests.

Sep 1, 2007
Foreign Buyout Protection: Angels and Techtonics
Peter Wilson

Once upon a time, BrightSide Technologies Inc. was a shining all-B.C. example of high-tech genius. And its timing was impeccable. Consumers worldwide were about to be swept up in a mania for ever-larger, eye-popping television sets, while everyone, from geeks to grandmas, was moving to larger computer monitors. And BrightSide...

Sep 1, 2007
Cap-and-Trade: Tax That Tree
Michael Barkusky

“Cap-and-trade” permitting schemes and taxes on greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions are widely recognized as key to addressing climate change, because they establish a visible price for emissions. But the prospect of new taxes or new regulatory limits will seem a depressing backward step to many in the private sector.

Jul 29, 2007
Chasing Your Dream Car
Dave Watson

The first time I laid eyes on Jezebel, she was in the company of one of my best friends. She looked a little rough around the edges, but she was a beauty, even beneath her factory-installed vinyl roof and clumsy after-market paint job. She may have been a bit worn out, but still, I wouldn’t have thrown her out of the garage for leaking a bit of oil, transmission lubricant or brake cylinder fluid. I was in love.

Jul 1, 2007
B.C.'s Top 100 in 2007: Economic Growth in B.C.
Peter Mitham

Patricia Croft, chief economist for Vancouver-based Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd., has just returned to Toronto. She’s seen once again for herself the visible proof of what the statistics say is true, and she isn’t mincing words: it’s boom times on the West Coast.

Jun 1, 2007
BC Business Financing: Show Me the Money
Tony Wanless

It initially launched in 1996 to explore fuel-cell technology but changed direction and, in 2004, landed a potentially lucrative contract with ExxonMobile Research and Engineering Co. to develop large purification and recovery systems for oil-refining and petrochemical markets. Exxon provided...

May 1, 2007
B.C.'s Economy: Left Behind
Andrea Mandel-Campbell

What I never expected to find was that one of Canada’s wealthiest provinces, literally dripping in natural abundance, home to one of its leading cities and blessed with a natural bridge to the rest of the world, would be the...

Apr 1, 2007
Economic Growing Pains
Jason Chiu

The really zealous ones will quote the media and echo something to the effect that “controlled inflation” and “modest interest rates” are “driving forces behind our robust economy.” Inevitably, someone will allude to the proliferation of towering cranes that are...

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