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Who’s afraid of a little deflation? Not you, middle-class investor

<i>Luc Vallée is chief strategist at Laurentian Bank Securities.</i><p>It's common wisdom that too much inflation is bad and that hyperinflation is terrible. But it seems even more ingrained in our psyche that even mild deflation is the real devil. Why?<p>The quick answer is that deflation inflates the value of …

Opinion: Here’s one bear market sign you’ve never seen before

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — It’s a bearish sign that so many advisers are declaring that we’re now in a “stock picker’s market.”<p>That’s because …

A bidding war is breaking out in the oil industry

Williams, a provider of natural gas pipelines, announced Sunday that it turned down a buyout offer for $64 a share from Energy Transfer Equity.<p>In a report Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal's Alison Sider wrote that this is an indication that a scramble for mergers and acquisitions in the pipeline …

A 24-year-old entrepreneur spent 4 days with Richard Branson — here’s what she learned from him

The best part: Billionaire Virgin founder Richard Branson joined them.<p>Earlier this year, Cramer and her business partner Davide Russo, with whom she cofounded Glow Away, a glow-in-the-dark duvet cover for children, received a $20,000 loan from Virgin Startup, a not-for-profit company founded by …

A crazy new theory solves 40-year-old mystery about what happens inside of a black hole

What happens once you cross this threshold is a long-standing mystery that the world's leading scientists have been pondering for decades with little headway.<p>Now, a recent paper presented at a conference in Paris this week has proposed a solution by looking at black holes in a completely different …

Wynne’s green scheme could deal massive blow to Ontario and Canada

Last month's announcement by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne that her province would link up with the existing Quebec and California carbon dioxide cap-and-trade systems prompted an editorial in this newspaper headlined, "Is this Green Energy Act Round Two?"<p>Ontario's Green Energy Act offered …

Saudi Arabia boosts oil output, abandoning passive response to glut

Saudi Arabia delivered the most powerful signal yet that oil prices are not poised to rebound any time soon by abandoning its passive response to the world oil glut.<p>Instead of leaving its own production flat, it is boosting output in an apparent attempt to claw back market share in a hurry. On …

9 things to do before bed that will jump start tomorrow

The quality of sleep we get affects every aspect of our lives — however 40% of Americans don’t get the amount of sleep necessary for performing their …

Imported Chinese solar panels to be subject to stiff duties in Canada

The Canada Border Services Agency has ruled that cheap subsidized Chinese solar modules are being dumped into Canada, and is imposing stiff provisional import duties to protect Canadian manufacturers.<p>While the ruling is a big win for companies that make solar panels in Canada, it could drive up …

Big Five diverge as bank sector faces new headwinds

Canadian bank stocks have hit a rough patch over concerns about the slowing Canadian economy, depressed oil prices and falling interest rates.<p>This out-of-favour status makes them look like tempting opportunities for long-term investors who love the steady flow of dividends – but it's time to see …

Lukas Lundin: Guts, glory and betting against the grain

Lukas Lundin has no tricks for how to play the market, but somehow he has timed his deals impeccably.<p>The mining tycoon managed to sell a big gold mine for billions at the top of cycle. Then after bullion slumped 30 per cent he bought another gold project for a fraction of the original cost.<p>"It was …

U.S. Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of Keystone XL bill

Keystone XL backers in the U.S. Senate failed Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of congressional efforts to approve the controversial Canadian oil sands pipeline.<p>The 62-37 vote fell five short of the 67 votes needed – the two-thirds majority in the 100-seat Senate – required to …

Opinion: 3 financial stocks that will soon be trading at higher prices

J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon made waves last week, calling out the regulatory environment for banks as downright un-American.<p>That kind of …

Why oil prices will bounce back … eventually

When an asset class takes a swan dive off the cliff, fortunes can be lost trying to call the bottom. It's often impossible to tell whether the asset in question is on a suicide run or undergoing a short-term correction. And so it is with oil.<p>Oil prices are down by a third since June and are less …

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Ontario to restrict use of pesticide linked to bee deaths

The Ontario government plans to restrict the use of a class of agricultural pesticides linked to the widespread declines in honeybees and other pollinators.<p>The move is opposed by the province's chemical and agriculture industries, which say neonicotinoid pesticides are vital tools that growers of …

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Protesters rally against Trans Mountain pipeline, but drilling continues

Controversial drilling for the planned expansion of a pipeline between Alberta and Burnaby is progressing well despite boisterous protests that have led to dozens of arrests, a project spokesperson says.<p>"There hasn't been any direct impact from the protests," Ali Hounsell, of the Trans-Mountain …

For Kinross CEO, it's 'situation normal' in Russia

When you buy a share in Canada's Kinross Gold Corp., you are not just betting on gold prices; you are betting on the outcome of the great geopolitical standoff between the West and Vladimir Putin's Russia, which may or many not evolve into a new Cold War.<p>So far, the bet has gone massively in Mr. …

My big, fat, meaningful Greek life

Opa! That's the traditional, zestful Greek expression of joy, excitement, and inspiration. It may also be the key to living a happier and more balanced life.<p>Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon certainly think so. The consultants, who are married, live in Santa Fe, N.M., but have ties to Toronto, where …

A massive dam – and a massive legal test

When the Supreme Court of Canada released its groundbreaking decision in Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia this summer, there was an array of opinions on the impact it would have on resource development in the province.<p>Some believed that beyond establishing a greater threshold for First …

In Alberta, anxiety grows over declining oil prices

Alberta's oil patch and government are watching nervously as the slump in world oil markets threatens the province's economic boom.<p>The price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude, a grade used as a benchmark in pricing, fell slightly to $81.78 (U.S) a barrel on Wednesday, extending a recent rout …

Buying time won’t prevent Europe’s coming debt crisis

A generous interpretation of Europe's economic salvation plan is that it is buying time.<p>The European Central Bank has knocked down interest rates to virtually nil. It has put so many fire-fighting measures and guarantees into place that sovereign bond yields have plummeted, allowing countries that …

Canada's housing bubble about to burst, author says

Author and portfolio manager Hilliard MacBeth says Canada has some of the most expensive real estate in the world, and a major correction is on the way.

Suncor ships first crude to Europe in effort to expand markets

Suncor Energy Inc. has shipped its first batch of Western Canadian crude to Europe, extending efforts by the energy industry to tap new markets beyond the U.S.<p>The Calgary-based company exported a batch of heavy crude from a terminal in Sorel-Tracy, Que., near Montreal, on Sept. 21 after …

BlackBerry takes open approach to software and apps

BlackBerry is finally joining the app world.<p>After years of producing devices with technology so closed off that many application developers wouldn't touch them, BlackBerry Ltd. is embracing a more open approach as it seeks new lines of revenue.<p>"Our assumption is that we have to connect and play …