Rania Ahmed

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Microsoft must solve its Nokia, BlackBerry prisoner’s dilemma

A most peculiar thing has happened to the Microsoft-Nokia relationship over the last two and a half years. Whereas Nokia was only a peg in Microsoft's wheel in early 2011, the hunter has now become the hunted. It is a most amazing story about a shift in the balance of power. Let me explain.<p>When …

Windows Phone

OSC pushes advisers to put clients first: Roseman

Under a best interest standard, advisers have to recommend a cheaper fund. Research shows that investors generally make more money over the long run …

Have you seen Lululemon’s CEO job posting? Must be ‘passionate about doing chief executive officer type stuff’

As former Lululemon CEO Christine Day announced her departure from the famous yoga retailer, she said the company will be fine without her: "I am not the culture of Lululemon," she told reporters. "Everyone is the culture of Lululemon."<p>For a window into what that culture is all about, a new job …

Lululemon Athletica

Big pharma turns to smaller firms for innovation

The pressure to innovate – and to combat disruption – has a lot of big companies looking for ways to harness the agility of smaller firms.<p>While the pharmaceutical industry is not facing the same difficulties as other sectors, companies are scrambling to discover and develop new drugs, and they're …

Eli Lilly

Five pieces of advice for entrepreneurial MBAs

For entrepreneurs, business school presents a unique set of choices and opportunities that can drastically alter a founder's chance of success — for better or worse.<p>I founded Troop ID while I was an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School in February of 2010. And while today we employ 17 people …

Entrepreneurship

Try It Now Streetwise

Drinking, divorce put ex-banker $85,000 in debt. How did he get out?

As a young banker in the 1970s, Terry Cheater was living the high life. The bank's motto was "work hard and play hard," and he did both with enthusiasm.<p>"It was part of the bank culture at the time," the Winnipeg man says. "I spent a lot of money on drinking, dining out, clothes and my life at home. …

Personal Finance

Dealing with cyber threats: Is corporate Canada ready?

Despite shocking stories of Chinese computer espionage and U.S. Government data surveillance, Canada's top corporate executives remain relatively unconcerned that their businesses are vulnerable to cyber attacks.<p>The latest C-Suite survey of business leaders shows that cyber-security is not a …

Your employees’ ideas will boost profits

Connecticut-based consultant Brian Klapper believes ideas are the lifeblood of an organization. Unfortunately, too many companies are incompetent when it comes to soliciting and implementing ideas from the best source: their own employees.<p>"There is a treasure trove of ideas available to you. But …

Rising yields, falling stocks, shaken investors

The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury bond has risen a percentage point since the start of May. That's a big move in relative terms, given that the starting point during this runup was just 1.63 per cent – and it is causing a tremendous amount of concern not only about the bond market (since …

Try It Now Streetwise

OSC accuses Ernst & Young of shoddy audit of TSX Venture-listed Zungui Haixi

Ernst & Young LLP is facing allegations from the Ontario Securities Commission that it failed to properly audit the books of a small Chinese athletic-shoe manufacturer.<p>The case unveiled Monday is the second from the OSC in the past six months in which Ernst & Young is accused of doing poor work …

A primer on low-commission trading

If only trading stocks was as cheap as online brokers would like you to believe.<p>Questrade's website plays up "Canada's lowest commissions," with stock trades for 95 cents. TD Direct Investing mentions a commission of $7 flat; Scotia iTrade mentions trades as low as $6.99. What all these offers have …

Most of us don’t like our jobs – and never will

Recently, I met a professor of office design who talked excitedly about creating visionary spaces for people to work in and filling the air with the scent of fresh linen. After a bit, I protested that surely all we wanted from an office building was natural light and something relatively …

Market View: Despite gloom, signs emerge of an end to the stock market selloff

Market View Video: Market View: Despite gloom, signs emerge of an end to the stock market selloff<p>The Globe and Mail | <br>Show Description<p>Every sector has slid about 5 per cent over the past week, but some market watchers remain remarkably upbeat about what's ahead<p>Articles Related to this Story<p>More …

Stock Markets

Why do family-owned firms thrive?

(Photo: Kohei Hara/Getty Images)<p>Family firms (or family-controlled corporations) are a bit of an outlier in the modern business world. Modern …

OSC to probe Ernst & Young audit of Chinese company

The Ontario Securities Commission has ordered a hearing into allegations of shortcomings by accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP in the audit of a …

How interest rates are working against both borrowers and savers

We're in a strange position today where interest rates are working against both borrowers and savers.<p>Mortgage rates are rising, but there's no corresponding benefit to savers and conservative investors. The explanation for this frustrating turn of events begins with the rise in the interest rate on …

Finance

How do I tell if my severance is fair?

<b>The Question:</b><p>I was terminated without cause from my job recently after working there for three years. The company said it was a business decision. They have given me three weeks termination pay and my benefits until this month. If I agree to sign a "full and final release and indemnity" form they …

DeCloet: Stop paying outrageous mutual fund fees

Business revolutions often start quietly. There's one coming to Bay Street, and it's likely to upend a key part of the country's financial industry over the next few years.<p>The revolutionaries, in this case, are the civil servants who toil for Canada's provincial securities commissions. Often …

Investing

My subordinate tattles on me. Is this a millennial thing?

<b>DEAR GOVERNESS</b><p>A young subordinate went over my head to complain after we disagreed on a work issue. This is the second time she's tattled on me despite my telling her to deal with me directly. Is this a millennial thing?<p>—Carol M., Ottawa<p><b>Dear Carol</b><p>Sort of. Loyalty isn't a given for Generation Y, or …

The Workplace

Only the VP’s friends get the good jobs. What do I do?

<b>The Question</b><p>I have been at my current automotive parts industry job for two years. Recently a job posting went up for a "stamping production scheduler." I have 12 years experience in this area. Myself and eight others applied for the position. I was told by others that one particular person would …