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'Free Money' Interest Rates Are Nearing The Point Of No Return

Norman Levine | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Business
Norman Levine

We believe that the current "free money" policies around the world of negative or zero-ish per cent central bank rates have not worked and do not work, and cannot understand why central banks continue to follow this course. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Brexit Is ‘Kryptonite For The Canadian Dollar'

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Business

But it could be good news for mortgage borrowers.

1.69% Mortgage Rate!

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Business

The mortgage rate was has become a springtime tradition.

Preferred Shares Remain An Attractive Long-Term Investment

Norman Levine | Posted 01.04.2017 | Canada Business
Norman Levine

We see the preferred share shakeout as a great buying opportunity, particularly among rate-reset preferreds -- especially those that have a rate reset of at least two years into the future -- as their plunge in prices has made their yields attractive and there is significant potential for capital gains if and when Canadian interest rates do begin to rise.

What Canadians Need To Know About The U.S. Fed's Rate Hike

Penelope Graham | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Business
Penelope Graham

The long-awaited liftoff is here: the U.S. Federal Reserve has announced they are raising the Federal Funds Target Rate to 0.5 per cent. It is the first time in seven years the Fed has increased their trend-setting interest rate, which they cut to 0 per cent on December 16, 2008. Markets had widely anticipated the move, with 81 per cent calling for a hike today. As the U.S. is the largest economy in the world, any change it makes reverberates through the rest of the globe, impacting markets and even the cost of borrowing for other countries.

U.S. Fed Cites Canadian Recession As Reason For Holding Rates

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Business

The U.S. Federal Reserve kept its prime lending rate unchanged at its meeting Thursday, extending a nearly seven-year-long streak of near-zero interes...


HuffPost Canada | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Business

The U.S. Federal Reserve's seven-year-long streak of near-zero interest rates will continue — at least this month. The Fed cited low interest rat...

Get Ready For A Wild Week On The Markets

CP | Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Business

Stock markets are in for a volatile time this week as traders look to the U.S. Federal Reserve for hints about whether the central bank will hike inte...


CP | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Business

The Dow Jones closed out Friday with the worst weekly performance in two years and the TSX saw its biggest decline since May, but the bloodshed likely...

The Politics of Monetary Tightening

Peter Hall | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada
Peter Hall

When it comes to elections, timing is critical. This year brings a rash of elections in some of the most important emerging markets: Brazil, India, In...

Global Recovery, Is It Really You?

CP | Harry Dunphy, The Associated Press | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Business

WASHINGTON - The global economy is slowly picking up steam, led by advanced economies appearing to turn the corner after five years of financial crise...

What's Weighing Down The Loonie?

CP | Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - The Canadian dollar closed sharply lower Tuesday as a host of concerns continued to plague the loonie while the greenback strengthened amid ...

Banks Are Playing Russian Roulette With Our Financial Security

Nick Fillmore | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Business
Nick Fillmore

Today, while regulators struggle with banks to get the derivatives market under control, these gambling instruments are being used just as dangerously as they were leading up to the recession. In fact, the banks and traders are even more aggressive now.

On Bitcoin, the Tulip Mania and Stock Market Booms

Diane Francis | Posted 06.12.2013 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Bubbles occur all the time, along with financial inventions. The most recent, and controversial, launched in 2009: A virtual currency called Bitcoin that enabled holders to trade directly and to hide their assets from governments.

How Do Governments "Create" Money?

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 10.07.2012 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

How do governments "create" money? That is the very relevant question a Sun reader asked me after reading one of my columns. Well, physical cash is only a tiny portion of existing money. Most of it nowadays simply exists as digits in computers. Granted, monetary economics is one of the most boring and technical topics in the field of economics. But given what is at stake in this risky experiment, we all have an interest in better understanding what is going on.

Out of the Mouths of Babes: 12-Year-Old Money Reformer Tops a Million Views

Ellen Brown | Posted 07.30.2012 | Canada Business
Ellen Brown

The contention that governments, not banks, should create and lend a nation's money has rarely even made the news, so this is a first. Either the times they are a-changin', or Victoria finally managed to frame the message in a clear, simple way.

What Does Allan Greenspan Think of the Eurozone Crisis?

Diane Francis | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

For nearly 20 years, Alan Greenspan was the most powerful banker in the world as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board until 2006. Here, Greenspan speaks with National Post Editor-at-Large, and Huffington Post contributor Diane Francis regarding the eurozone crisis.

TSX's 21-Per-Cent Drop Since Spring Makes This A Bear Market

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 12.04.2011 | Canada Business

Investors are often warned about October, a month that is notorious for market slides and crashes, and this October is off to an early start. With ...

TSX, Loonie Plunge As Fear Grips Markets

CP | John Valorzi, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.22.2011 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Fears that a suffocating debt crisis could choke the life out of the world's delicate economic recovery battered the world's stock markets T...

World Stock Markets Hit The Skids On Fed's Warning

CP | Sarah Dilorenzo, The Associated Press | Posted 11.22.2011 | Canada Business

PARIS - The U.S. Federal Reserve's tacit acknowledgment that America's economic slowdown is likely to persist for quite a while sent global stock mark...

Jittery Traders Await Bernanke Speech

CP | Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.26.2011 | Canada Business

TORONTO - The Canadian dollar was higher Friday as U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke tried to reassure markets about economic prospects while...

Gold Plummets $200 From Record High

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 10.25.2011 | Canada Business

The price of gold plummeted some $200 in Thursday trading from its record highs earlier this week, taking the steam out of a commodity that has been b...

Wall Street Aristocracy Got $1.2 TRILLION In Secret Loans

Bloomberg | Posted 10.22.2011 | Canada Business

Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s unprecedented effort to keep the economy from plunging into depression included lending banks and other companies as ...

Yet Another Day Of Downward-Bound Stock Markets

CP | Colleen Barry, The Associated Press | Posted 10.19.2011 | Canada Business

MILAN - Global stocks slid again Friday as fears of a possible U.S. recession combined with ongoing worries over Europe's debt crisis, which is stokin...

Canada's Interest Rates 'Hostage' To U.S., Analyst Says

Reuters | Posted 10.18.2011 | Canada Business

Desjardins Securities expects the next Bank of Canada rate hike will not come until mid-2013, saying the Federal Reserve's pledge to hold U.S. rates n...