Energy industry investment cools dramatically

The oil price crash of recent weeks has triggered a wave of huge exploration and production capital expenditure cuts

Energy industry investment cools dramaticallyLack of appetite to invest in the energy sector is leading the world into a supply crunch, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its recently unveiled World Energy Investment (WEI) 2020 report. The COVID-19 pandemic is having widespread and often dramatic effects on investments in the energy sector. At the start of the year,…

Teck decision underscores investment crisis in Canada

There’s been a significant drop in investment across 10 of the 15 major sectors of the Canadian economy, and the federal government is to blame

Teck decision underscores investment crisis in CanadaBy Niels Veldhuis and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute Canada has massive investment potential. We have an abundance of natural resources, one of the most highly-educated populations in the world, and reside next to the world’s most successful economy. We’re also among the freest countries in the world, with freedom of religion, assembly, movement and…

Diversifying your portfolio in one neat package

An ETF is a low-cost mutual-like fund that trades on the stock market, with a significantly different fee structure

Diversifying your portfolio in one neat packageExchange-traded funds (ETFs) seem to be all the rage. There are more than 600 ETFs traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and it seems like new ones are being created almost every day. An ETF is basically a diversified investment pool that’s very similar to a mutual fund, with the exception that they’re sold or…

Comparing investment returns is a tricky task

Each investor is unique in their goals and personal risk tolerance, so their investment portfolio should be customized to their situation

Comparing investment returns is a tricky taskYou worked hard for your money and, in turn, your money should be working hard for you. However, when comparing returns, you need to be sure you’re making a fair comparison. Investors often compare their returns to that of a published benchmark such as the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), or to the returns their friends…

Hidden or visible, you’re paying investment fees

Be smart, shop around and make sure you’re aware of the total fees you pay and what you're getting for them

Hidden or visible, you’re paying investment feesSome fees for investments are hidden, some are visible. But there’s always some type of fee or cost involved in investing. Some people will disagree with my broad use of the word fee, but I believe that any money paid out, regardless of how it’s paid, is a fee. Every business sets out to make…

Shaw Communications net income declines 13% in Q1

Net income of $162 million in the three months ended November 30, 2019, fell from $186 million for the same period in 2018

Shaw Communications net income declines 13% in Q1Calgary-based Shaw Communications saw a near 13 per cent year-over-year decline in net income in its fiscal first quarter. The telecommunications company reported Monday that net income of $162 million in the three months ended November 30, 2019, fell from $186 million for the same period in 2018. “The decrease of $24 million was primarily…

Debt doesn’t always have to be a four-letter word

Using debt in your financial planning is a good strategy, but exercise caution and discuss all the risks and rewards with your accountant and planner first

Debt doesn’t always have to be a four-letter wordDebt is often a four-letter word – but, when used correctly, it can be a real benefit to your financial planning. Most of us use debt when we buy a home, a second property, automobiles and other large purchases. We simply don’t have enough cash available to do otherwise. Many people are very comfortable using…

Understanding and comparing investment returns

Keep in mind that, despite new disclosure rules to increase transparency, the fee shown on your investment report may not be the total fee you paid your adviser

Understanding and comparing investment returnsWhen comparing your investment returns to that of others or those you see published, selection and timing are two critical issues. Make sure you’re comparing apples to apples: that you’re weighing similar investments. Each investor has their own risk tolerance and objectives. What’s right for your friend, neighbour or family member may not be right for…

Digital shift not offsetting newspapers’ print decline

Digital advertising sales reached $295.6 million in 2018, a 20.8 per cent increase from 2016, yet print ad sales declined by a much larger amount

Digital shift not offsetting newspapers’ print declineGrowth in digital ads for newspapers has not been fast enough to offset the decline in print advertising, according to data released Friday by Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported that digital advertising sales reached $295.6 million in 2018, a 20.8 per cent increase from 2016. Print advertising sales totalled $1.2 billion, down from $1.6…

Routine legal tasks at your fingertips

Shane Murphy on how Founded Technologies is striving to be an essential online tool for small Canadian businesses

Routine legal tasks at your fingertipsShane Murphy is co-founder of the legal automation company Founded Technologies. What is Founded Technologies and what does it do? Murphy: Founded Technologies makes the legal side of entrepreneurship easy. It’s an online legal automation platform that takes routine legal tasks that small businesses face (think incorporating, managing a minute book, creating contracts) and makes…

Suncor quarterly net earnings top $1 billion

Total oil sands production during the third quarter increased to 670,000 barrels per day

Suncor quarterly net earnings top $1 billionCalgary-based energy giant Suncor is reporting net earnings of $1.035 billion ($0.67 per common share) in the third quarter of this year. That’s down from $1.812 billion ($1.12 per common share) in the corresponding quarter in the prior year. Funds from operations were $2.675 billion ($1.72 per common share) in the third quarter compared to…

Shaw Communications’ net income rises to $738 million

Company says it gained record wireless net subscriber additions of 90,700 in the fourth quarter and over 266,000 new customers during the year

Shaw Communications’ net income rises to $738 millionCalgary-based Shaw Communications reported on Friday that it had net income of $167 million in its fourth quarter and $738 million for the year. The company said it experienced record wireless net subscriber additions of 90,700 in the fourth quarter, resulting in over 266,000 new customers during the year. Compared to a year ago, net…

Postmedia announces $6.3 million loss

Postmedia announces $6.3 million lossCanadian media giant Postmedia ended up losing $6.3 million for its fiscal year ending August 31.  The company said Thursday that the net loss compared to a net loss $33.9 million in the same period in the prior year.  “The change was primarily the result of decreases in depreciation and amortization expense, decreases in restructuring…

Precision Drilling narrows net loss in third quarter

During the quarter, the Calgary-based company says it reduced its debt by $21 million

Precision Drilling narrows net loss in third quarterCalgary-based Precision Drilling narrowed its net loss in its third quarter to $4 million from $31 million in the third quarter of last year. In a news release on Wednesday, the company said third-quarter revenue of $376 million was a decrease of two per cent compared to last year. Funds provided by operations were $80…

CP Rail reports record third-quarter revenue

Results follow record second quarter that included strong operating metrics including train speed and terminal dwell

CP Rail reports record third-quarter revenueCanadian Pacific Railway Ltd. had record third-quarter revenues of $1.98 billion, up by four per cent from a year ago. The company also reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $4.46, or $4.61 on an adjusted diluted EPS basis. The company also said it achieved a record-low quarterly operating ratio of 56.1 per cent. “After…
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