We are just scratching the surface of metaverse activity

What are the opportunities for payments providers?

We are just scratching the surface of metaverse activityThe complexity of the purchasing process within the new generation of metaverses, coupled with lingering concerns over many aspects of crypto, are both acting as deterrents to most people entering the newer decentralized, blockchain-enabled, and crypto-based platforms such as Somnium Space and Axie Infinity. So what’s going on, and what are the opportunities for payments…

How to read an income statement

A monthly report card is just good business

How to read an income statementThe owner of a $100-million company recently told me he wasn’t sure he understood his financial statements. How could someone build a successful business in less than five years while not understanding how to read a financial statement? Because he’s good at hiring great people, including his chief financial officer (CFO), and has other skills,…

Bank of Canada doesn’t deserve its bonuses and pay raises

The Bank has one job: to keep inflation around two per cent. It failed

Bank of Canada doesn’t deserve its bonuses and pay raisesIt feels odd to explain this basic principle, but apparently, it’s not obvious to everyone: bonuses and pay raises are for doing a good job. While the Bank of Canada was sowing the seeds of today’s high inflation during the early days of the pandemic, it was also padding its employees’ pockets with bonuses and…

Bad central bank policy has us heading toward a recession

The next few months may only bring stagnation but a full-blown recession is more likely

Bad central bank policy has us heading toward a recession‘Financial repression’ refers to governments or central banks, such as the Bank of Canada or the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, intervening in financial markets to suppress interest rates. Central banks have been intervening for nearly two years, causing a serious disruption in the financial markets. The official rates of the Bank of Canada and the Federal…

Cash is still king in Switzerland and it’s paying off

The continued reliance on cash is a symbol of good governance

Cash is still king in Switzerland and it’s paying offWhen I audited an economics class in the Rice University School of Business, the lecturer compared inflation to slow-growing cancer and deflation to a heart attack. The implication was that deflation – declining prices – is fatal and worse than inflation. This Keynesian fearmongering, which empowers central banks to water down currencies, is common but…

The economic dangers of a new inflationary era

Interest rates will rise dramatically to compensate financial institutions with effects lasting for years

The economic dangers of a new inflationary eraIt’s not entirely clear whether the Canadian and the global economies are heading for a new inflationary era. It may turn out that inflation is not only elevated from recent negligible levels, but escalates, steadily at first, and then dramatically, as it did in the 1960s until the early 1980s. If it does, the havoc…

Markets must drive Canada’s energy conversion

Canada’s 2050 goal to achieve net-zero emissions might look good on paper, but it will harm investors, companies, employees and households

Markets must drive Canada’s energy conversionCanada’s policy to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 necessitates divesting from fossil fuels. There’s just one problem: massive outstanding loans from banks to the oil and gas industries. The oil and gas sector makes up more than 10 per cent of the Canadian economy, and abolishing it, gradually or otherwise, would take its toll. Canadian…

Shadow banks have revolutionized digital investing

The decentralization genie is out of the bottle

Shadow banks have revolutionized digital investingUnderneath all the media brouhaha and institutional focus on bitcoin, a struggle is brewing in the crypto world: which altcoin will pick up the baton? A fierce competition is underway for the podium, with Ethereum having a clear first-mover advantage. Bitcoin, as economists and investors such as Larry Summers and Ray Dalio have come around…

Free up small business to rebuild Canada’s devastated economy

We must free internal trade, reform banking and telecommunications and increase incentives for retraining

Free up small business to rebuild Canada’s devastated economyBy Sara MacIntyre and Marco Navarro-Genie Frontier Centre for Public Policy Canadians want change. It’s been more than a generation since we’ve felt the kind of overreaching power of government we’ve experienced in the past year. Daily freedoms have been curtailed, millions of livelihoods impaired, savings drained and countless fines and arrests created for new…

Bitcoin’s future looks bright as a reserve currency

A fraction of the global economy moving to a bitcoin standard will create a ripple effect

Bitcoin’s future looks bright as a reserve currencyFormer Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper recently suggested bitcoin could become a reserve currency alongside the U.S. dollar. Now a business adviser with Harper & Associates consulting, he had a caveat: bitcoin still lacks a key money feature, that being a store of value. In contrast to fiat currencies, bitcoin has done little but rise…

Why we need to make room for alternative lenders

Crackdowns fail to recognize that alternative lenders are the last hope for Canadians shut out of the traditional lending market

Why we need to make room for alternative lendersThe media often portray alternative lenders as slippery, unethical loan sharks who exploit the poor. When targeting the sector and not just a few bad apples, such stories are easy, cheap hit jobs. New Brunswick Sen. Pierrette Ringuette, for example, recently described alternative loans to CBC Marketplace as “an abusive financial process that needs to…

Terrifying (and satisfying) true tales of customer service

One day, you’re an unshakable fan of a company; the next day, you’re warning complete strangers to stay away

Terrifying (and satisfying) true tales of customer serviceThe relationship between customer and company is a delicate thing. One day, you’re an unshakable fan of a company; the next day, you’re warning complete strangers to stay away. Here are three examples of customer service and how it can go so right – or so wrong. Many years ago, my Telus internet went out.…

New scholarship encourages law students to champion racial justice

Scotiabank launches nationwide scholarship supporting future lawyers tackling systemic discrimination and creating change

New scholarship encourages law students to champion racial justiceStudents in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law who are invested in combatting racism and promoting inclusivity will have more opportunities to put their passion into practice thanks to a new Scotiabank scholarship program. The Scotiabank Program for Law Students launched nationwide recently with the goal of increasing the number of future lawyers who are tackling…

Central banks should stay clear of cryptocurrencies

The cryptocurrency genie is out of the bottle and there is no going back

Central banks should stay clear of cryptocurrenciesAmong the many races the pandemic has accelerated, none is so pointless as the issuance of central-bank digital currencies. The Canadian government, which should know better, has jumped into the fray despite earlier opposition. Reversing comments made in February 2020, Bank of Canada deputy governor Timothy Lane now believes state involvement in cryptocurrencies is a…
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