Andrew Miao

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Can this service take the pain out of moving?

<i>The latest news and information for entrepreneurs from across the web universe, brought to you by the</i> Report on Small Business <i>team. Follow us on Twitter</i> @GlobeSmallBiz.<p><b>He's at it again</b><p>The 1-800-GOT-JUNK franchise has long been a hugely successful trash-hauling enterprise. About a year ago, its …

Small Business

Would you be better off financially renting or buying a home?

Every year, Frank Tristani assigns his McMaster University finance students the task of showing whether renting or buying a home makes you wealthier.<p>As Mr. Tristani scores the results, owning never wins. "Over six years, no one has been able to substantiate buying as creating more wealth over the …

Personal Finance

Why 'The Great Canadian Short' is a buying opportunity

The "sell Canada" trade is getting crowded. The number of voices recommending investors either steer clear of our stock market or even bet against it is on the rise, but the pessimism has an upside: In a world of fully-valued stock markets, Canada is looking like a bargain.<p>A few days ago, Marc …

Stock Markets

Hike rates now, economist urges Bank of Canada

The argument against ultralow interest rates tends to be reduced to inflation and asset-price bubbles.<p>But there are other reasons to worry about where current monetary policy could be leading us.<p>Could the inability to earn a profit from government bonds cause insurance companies to adopt the …

Bank of Canada

Global economy has a ‘long and fairly bumpy’ recovery ahead

Spring may have sprung, but not all economists are sprightly about the outlook for the global economy.<p>In fact, as a Toronto audience heard Wednesday morning, the risk of a recession in Canada is "higher than normal," the U.S. is set for "unspectacular" growth, Europe is poised for another downturn …

Economy

What Norway did with its oil and we didn’t

When oil was discovered in the Norwegian continental shelf in 1969, Norway was very aware of the finite nature of petroleum, and didn't waste any time legislating policies to manage the new-found resource in a way that would give Norwegians long-term wealth, benefit their entire society and make …

Oil & Gas Industry

Regular Marijuana Users May Be Skinnier, Have Better Blood Sugar Control: Study

People who regularly smoke marijuana may have better control of their blood sugar <i>and</i> may be skinnier than non-marijuana users, according to a new study.<p>The research, published in the American Journal of Medicine, shows that people who reported regularly using marijuana had a lower risk of insulin …