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Finance

Feb 1, 2008
Insolvency: A Clean Slate?
Peter Severinson

The owners of Easywash Inc. plan to swiftly replace the failed car wash with a new company that’s indistinguishable from the old one, minus its crushing debts. Meanwhile 89 private investors, who put $2.3 million into the original company, lose everything.

Jan 2, 2008
Stock Talk
Peter Severinson

“There’s one big fundamental problem with user-generated content, and that’s quality,” he says. “The problem is... that there’s a lot of stupid information; you have to do a lot of work.” Stockhouse.com and stock house.ca deliver reams of quotes, news bites and comments to 800,000 visitors a month, New says. Much...

Jan 1, 2008
Are Canadians Getting Ripped Off?
Brett Gartner

But now that the loonie has passed parity with the U.S. dollar, retailers are starting to hear some customers muttering under their breath as they open their wallets. You can probably guess what they’re complaining about. There is convincing evidence that prices here are not in line with prices in the...

Jan 1, 2008
Loan Rangers: CPLA Pulls in the Reigns on Payday-Loan Lending Laws
Brennan Clarke

It may be true that crime doesn’t pay. However, stretching the letter of the law to its very limits certainly has proven profitable for Canada’s payday lending industry over the past decade. Since migrating north from the U.S. in the...

Nov 1, 2007
What It Takes To Retire Rich
Peter Wilson

We all have visions of what it takes to retire rich – finally savouring a taste of the good life, with first-class travels, fast cars and martinis by the pool. But, as Peter Wilson discovers, come age 65, many of us are in for a shock. What does your roadmap to retirement look like?

Oct 19, 2007
The Brand Marriage From Hell
Tony Wanless

A proposed merger between two big suburban Vancouver credit unions has been called off. Apparently, the dating that's been going on for several months convinced the two that any union between them would end up as a brand marriage from hell. Tony Wanless

Oct 1, 2007
BCSC Rules: Trade Secrets
David Baines

Under BCSC rules, all publicly traded companies that privately sell shares or issue options must file a form – known as a Form 20 – listing the names and addresses of all purchasers and optionees. Until April 2003, those forms were publicly available, either in hard copy at the commission office or electronically on the BCSC website.

Sep 14, 2007
Executive Compensation: Big Bucks
BCBusiness D.B.

Executive payouts break records every year, the wage gap between CEOs and average workers grows constantly more vast, and both the U.S. and Canada are reworking the rules on how companies pay the brass. It’s time to big bucks. Executive compensation has become a tricky beast, laden with elaborate stock schemes whose windfalls make million-dollar salaries look like chump change. It’s all led to confounded directors, irritated shareholders and nervous regulators.

Sep 1, 2007
Banking in Canada: Personal Interest
Peter Mitham

The legislation governing bank in Canada changed in 2001 to allow more competition in the sector, ushering in a host of smaller players and prompting the country’s major financial institutions to become more savvy about their customer's personal interests.

Sep 1, 2007
Foreign Buyout Protection: Angels and Techtonics
Peter Wilson

Once upon a time, BrightSide Technologies Inc. was a shining all-B.C. example of high-tech genius. And its timing was impeccable. Consumers worldwide were about to be swept up in a mania for ever-larger, eye-popping television sets, while everyone, from geeks to grandmas, was moving to larger computer monitors. And BrightSide...

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