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Oct 8, 2009
Tax Dodgers: Avoidance Techniques
Dawn Paley

Could a U.S. crackdown on tax havens turn Vancouver into a global financial centre?  Mentioning international taxation in the same breath as, say, the Cayman Islands or Bermuda is a quick way to turn images of a tropical holiday into a nightmare of paperwork and complicated accounting. While international taxation isn’t particularly sexy, it is coming under more scrutiny in the U.S., and that’s causing longtime advocates to see renewed hope for establishing Vancouver as an international finance centre.

Sep 24, 2009
Ponzi Scheme Rats in Canada
Tony Wanless

If it seems like there are a ton of investment scams and schemes around suddenly, you’re mistaken. Bad and outright fraudulent investments have been around since people first started handing over their money to other people with the hope of...

Sep 2, 2009
The Cyclical Blues
Tom Bradley

What investors can learn from blueberry farmers. When it comes to investing, the phrase “It’s different this time” usually proves to be wrong because cyclical forces invariably win out. Yet surprisingly few investors know that economic and market cycles exist, or how they work.

Sep 2, 2009
Get Happy
Peter Severinson

Money might be an investment in happiness, but is it a good one? Consider these two simple questions: How much of your time and effort are spent trying to increase your income? And how important is that income to your overall happiness? While pondering that, consider this recent experiment out of UBC and Harvard Business School. Researchers asked 300 people at various income levels how happy they were. The subjects were then asked to guess how others at different income levels would...

Aug 31, 2009
B.C.'s HST: The Funny Thing About Rage
Peter Severinson

With B.C.'s controversial HST, are the wins worth the losses? The HST seems to have given British Columbians a big injection of angry. But you know, I've got to say I'm altogether unmoved. Maybe it's the end-of-summer lethargy at work here, but my reaction to the new taxation system is a resounding "OK."

Aug 25, 2009
Why Vancouver Is Canada's Richest City
Tony Wanless

A couple of months ago I sat with a sales consultant from Toronto who was trying to divine the BC business mind. What, she wanted to know, do people actually do out here. They don’t make things and don’t seem...

Jul 29, 2009
B.C. HST: High-handed Selfish Tax
Tony Wanless

Gordon Campbell says the BC HST is the "single biggest thing we can do to improve B.C.'s economy." It is? Generally, I’m a fan of sales taxes because they directly target consumption, which fits with my sense of fair play: The more you buy, the more you should pay.  

Jul 28, 2009
The Recession is NOT Over
Tony Wanless

The Bank of Canada may be technically correct in that the economy has stopped shrinking for two quarters. But an accurate, albeit very narrow, technical description hardly means a recession is "over," growth is back, and happy days are here again. Here's why I think so: 1. Economic shrinkage of more...

Jul 15, 2009
Is Saving Money Worth Anything?
Steve Burgess

Penny wise or pound foolish? Pondering the question of false savings and financial symbolism. As travel season approaches, fond memories of past vacations come flooding back – such as the time I visited the wide-open countryside near Ernfold, Saskatchewan. This was...

Jun 25, 2009
Conspicuous Consumption
Peter Mitham

Those attending the industry gala at the Pacific Agriculture Show in Abbotsford last February might have missed B.C. Agriculture Minister Ron Cantelon’s passing remark that agriculture is a stabilizing force in difficult economic times. A casual, well-meaning comment that in...

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