Finance

Jul 1, 2008
Will Power: The Inheritance Problem
Vicki O’Brien

“My dad had done his best to control us while he was alive – now he was doing it from the grave.” What they expected to be a simple three-way division of their dad’s considerable estate turned out to be...

Jul 1, 2008
Insolvency Laws: Here Come The Vultures
Cynthia Cushing

Imagine there’s a company you’ve done a ton of work for – one that has yet to pay – and now the rumour is it’s going bankrupt. What do you need, urgently? The answer: certainty. You need to know, now, what assets this shaky company has and what they’re worth, who the other creditors are and what they are owed, as well as how your claim ranks in the creditors’ lineup. Only then can you deal with the people to whom...

Jul 1, 2008
The 100 Sit Pretty: Top 100 Companies in B.C.
Peter Mitham

This year’s Top 100 numbers back up economists’ claims that B.C. is well positioned to weather any economic downturn associated with the U.S. housing crisis. Aggregate revenues for the Top 100 companies were $122.2 billion, an increase of 8.9 per cent over last year’s tally. The surge outpaces the 6.2 per cent rise in the province’s nominal GDP. And the threshold for making the list this year inched up to $223.9 million in annual revenues, $40 million more than last year.

Jun 1, 2008
Micro-Loans: A Lending Hand
Peter Severinson

Single mom Claudia Segovia started her home business selling hand-sewn dolls to help pay for her son’s $800-a-month speech therapy. When the market of family and friends had been tapped, she decided to buy table space at a major yearly craft market. She needed a mere $1,200 – but where does a woman with no credit history go for a business loan?

Jun 1, 2008
Faking It: How to Live Like a King
Jessica Werb and Peter Severinson

It’s getting more and more difficult to live it up in this city. The cost of living has our disposable income shrinking almost as fast as the size of the average downtown condo; Vancouver is now Canada’s second-most expensive city...

Jun 1, 2008
Vancouver Investment: Silence is Golden
Tom Bradley

It was 17 years ago that I moved my business address from Bay Street to Burrard Street. In 1991 I left Richardson Greenshields in Toronto to join Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd. in Vancouver. I am still asked by my eastern friends and clients what it is like working on the Wet Coast. Is it a good place for an asset manager to be?

May 1, 2008
B.C.'s Bad Carbon Tactics
Aldyen Donnelly

B.C.’s carbon tax is simply the latest of many pollution-discharge fees the province has charged industry for more than 20 years. The fee system was originally touted as a way to reward industrial plant owners who voluntarily cut any taxed...

May 1, 2008
Up the Capital Ladder
By Tony Wanless

The B.C. government has finally announced the launch of its BC Renaissance Capital Fund. The concept is that the government will seed—with $90 million over five years—a large slush fund to assist B.C. technology, clean-tech, life sciences and new media companies at critical points of their lives.

May 1, 2008
New Taxations: Coping With Carbons
BCBusiness D.B.

When the latest B.C. budget dropped North America’s first true carbon tax in our laps, we were stunned and strangely silent. Even though the tax had been widely expected, its arrival was hard to believe. The tax is tiny today...

Apr 1, 2008
Economic Measures: Is Bigger Worse?
Peter Nemetz

Ever since the invention of national accounts in the 1930s (that is, methods of measuring the total economic activity of a country), the prevailing world view has been that the higher the gross domestic product, the better off we are as a nation. Any faltering in the continued increase in...

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