News by tag: Canada

23.06.2017

Warren Buffett bets on canadian mortgage firm

Warren Buffett’s company is lending $1.5 billion to Home Capital and spending roughly $300 million to purchase nearly 40 percent of the troubled Canadian lender’s stock. Berkshire said Thursday that the credit line will carry a relatively hefty 9 percent interest rate once Berkshire completes its initial stock investment later this month. The rate is similar to what Berkshire charged on loans it made during the financial crisis to companies including Goldman Sachs and General Electric.

 
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30.05.2017

Goldman Sachs warns: someone in G-10 real estate market could go bust

The Swedish and New Zealand housing markets are the most at risk of a correction among the so-called G-10 economies, according to Goldman Sachs. In a report on house prices in G-10 nations - those with the 10 most-traded currencies in the world - Goldman finds they are most elevated in small, open economies such as Sweden and New Zealand. A graph in the report shows that New Zealand’s probability of a housing bust is just above 40 per cent, while Sweden’s is just above 35 per cent. The risk of a bust in Canada is about 30 per cent, while in Norway, Australia and Switzerland the probability is assessed at 20-25 per cent.

 
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19.05.2017

Expert Commentary: Canadian Economy and CAD

Latest reports on the Canadian economy showed strong job creation and lingering housing market overheating. These were early signs for a rate hike. In your opinion, should we expect the BoC to raise interest rates? Why? No, I do expect the BoC to raise rates anytime soon, as there still are some downside risks that the Bank of Canada wants to make sure do not materialise, especially in the US trade policy. Another issue is that inflation is still below the Central Bank's target. There is still time for the excess capacity to be reduced before a rate hike becomes appropriate.

 
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19.04.2017

Positive Feedback for investors by first Marijuana ETF

On Wednesday, April 5th the Horizons Medical Marijuana Life Sciences ETF  began trading on the TSX. HMMJ is the first ever ETF offing investors direct exposure to a basket of cannabis related companies in Canada and the United States. According to its website, its stake didn't exceed 10 percent in any individual company. The Horizons Medical Marijuana Life Sciences ETF seeks to track the Solactive North American Medical Marijuana Index and it offers a way to invest without taking on individual company risk. However, the ETF only holds a total of 14 stocks, and while billed as a global fund, 10 holdings are Canadian-based. The medical marijuana industry is more developed in Canada than in other nations, and cannabis could soon become legal for all Canadian adults.

 
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13.04.2017

Canada may legalise recreational marijuana soon

Canada's government is aiming to pass legislation that will legalise the recreational use of marijuana: the federal government is scheduled to table in Parliament legislation that will legalize the recreational sale of marijuana in the country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has acknowledged that will require selling cannabis at a price that is equal to or cheaper than its going rates on the black market and he has already endorsed one of its key recommendations: that marijuana should be legal for people who are of legal drinking age – 18 or 19 years old, depending on the province they live in.

 
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11.04.2017

US, Mexico, Canada: joint-venture to host the richest World Cup in 2026

The football associations of the United States, Canada and Mexico have announced their intention to submit a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The CONCACAF countries confirmed their plan to bring the tournament to North America at a press conference at One World Trade Centre in New York. "Especially with what's going on in the world today, we believe this is a hugely positive signal and symbol of what we can do together in unifying people," U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said at Monday's bid launch, "especially in our three countries." Gulati didn't directly mention President Donald Trump in that particular remark, but the impact of the policies of the fledging administration on a World Cup bid involving feuding neighbors was a constant theme during the press conference.

 
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16.03.2017

Canadian police warns over Bitcoin fraud scheme

Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS), Ontario, Canada, has issued a warning against digital currencies such as bitcoin after residents reported related fraud schemes. According to a notice posted last week, the Canadian Police said that fraudsters contact residents, promising to make money. They also send cheques to the victims, asking money to purchase bitcoins. 

 
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28.02.2017

Assisted suicide: from Canada to Switzerland for the Last Day

Canadians choose to travel to Switzerland to end their own lives last year, as Parliament passed a new law permitting doctor-assisted death that was widely criticized as too restrictive. Dignitas, the Swiss organization that offers  suicide assistance to those with chronic, degenerative or terminal illness said 131 Canadians became members in 2016. It says 11 Canadians came to them in 2014, seven in 2015, and with the new law in place, five Canadians still travelled to Switzerland for assisted death feeling that new Canadian law did not leave them options at home.

 
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16.02.2017

CETA: green light for EU-Canada trade deal

The European Parliament has approved a landmark free trade deal with Canada. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) has been seven years in the making and its ratification is set to eliminate almost all trade tariffs between the European Union and Canada. EU lawmakers backed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) by 408-254 votes despite crowds of protesters contesting the deal outside. All 28 governments will need to give their approval to finalise the process of ratifying the agreement. “The ratification in all the member states will start, there will be a long process and in most countries without any problems, in some, with more discussions: "We will try to be there, we will try the effects of the Canadian agreement, try to calm some of the concerns,” said EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom.

 
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27.01.2017

Panama Papers discovered Canada as the new Tax Haven

Mossack Fonseca actively marketed Canada as a tax haven and established shell companies here to evade taxes, according to the documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and shared with the Star and the CBC. The joint investigation has revealed that Canada's tax legislation provides favorable conditions for evading taxes, creating anonymous business entities, and cleaning illegally-gained cash.

 
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