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Three top stock picks from Goodreid’s Gordon Reid

<i>Gordon Reid is president and CEO of Goodreid Investment Counsel Corp. His focus is on U.S. equities.</i><p><b>Top Picks:</b><p><b>Alere Inc.</b><p>Alere is a health care company that specializes in diagnostic, testing and monitoring products. They are growing earnings and cash flow rapidly on the back of new product …

Russians Seize More Crimean Facilities, Demand Ukrainians Surrender

Russian forces seized two more Ukrainian facilities in Crimea today as others surrounded Ukrainian military bases, demanding their surrender.<p>In …

World Gold Council’s Randall Oliphant likes Canadian stability

High costs and low commodity prices have squeezed financing options for Canadian gold miners, but it still beats the emerging markets.<p>"In certain places...they change the rules all the time and start introducing new taxes once you've made a huge investment," says Randall Oliphant, executive …

The case for being bullish on heavy Canadian oil

Ask dealmakers or traders who cover Canadian energy about their outlook for the oil sands, and they all say that the dark shadow is receding. Since January, deal flow has been so muted that the biggest energy acquisition is Canada this year doesn't even crack the billion dollar mark. Finally, …

Suburbs vs. city: Which is cheaper?

Living in the suburbs<p>Home purchase price<p>$500,000<p>Downpayment<p>$50,000<p>Mortgage principal (includes 2% CMHC fee)<p>$459,000<p>Auto costs annually<p>$19,000<p>25 years of automobile costs<p>$475,000<p>Monthly mortgage payment 25 years at 3.5%<p>$2,291<p>Monthly automobile expenditures<p>$1,583<p>Mortgage plus automobiles, …

Real Estate

Five smart ways to reduce your tax burden as year-end looms

The world of social media has given tax authorities a new method of identifying tax cheaters. Consider the example of Florida resident Rashia Wilson, who was caught by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service for tax fraud. According to Forbes, Ms. Wilson wrote a Facebook post that read: "I'm Rashia, the …

Retirement

When did we get comfortable with debt? It's time to start hating it again

<i>Editor's note: This article first ran in September of 2013.</i><p>According to David Graeber, author of the book <i>Debt: The First 5000 Years</i>, the term 'freedom' was originally associated with freedom from debt. It translated into "return to mother" because when debtors fell into arrears badly enough, their …

Personal Finance

Freeloaders on the land

UNTIL recently Canada was not known for the type of nutty anti-government movement that is a staple of life in the United States. That has changed …

Bank of Canada