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Opinion: CSA decision a big win for the industry

Dealers and advisors can breathe a sigh of relief that there is no blanket ban on trailer commissions and no statutory best interest standard

  • By: IE Staff
  • June 21, 2018 November 17, 2019
  • 10:05

NAFTA 2.0 won’t end trade disputes

Protectionism in the U.S. may not be as severe as it was in 1930, but it remains very much a part of that country's DNA

Is Big Tech getting too big?

Technology giants such as Facebook and Alphabet dominate the economy. Can limits be placed on that dominance?

The budget deserves a closer look

Not long ago, journalists would spend a week or more parsing and analyzing the budget document

Whither the Opposition?

The Liberals survived a terrible autumn in Parliament. Yet, they appear entrenched in power

The irony of pipeline politics

Killing the Trans Mountain pipeline puts climate change strategy in jeopardy

Between a dam and a hard place

After approving a controversial capital project, B.C.'s government must face the wrath of environmentalists

Here we go again

Every five or so years, someone pitches the idea that Halifax needs a professional sports team

A chance to prove your worth


  • February 15, 2018 November 17, 2019
  • 00:02

Trudeau’s cockiness on NAFTA

Would the Americans be willing to ease up on their NAFTA demands if Canada were to back off on its WTO complaint?

On ethics and suit lapels

Trudeau, sanctioned over his 2016 vacation, was hardly the first prime minister to run afoul of ethical standards

Don’t write off NAFTA yet

Finding enough support in Congress to eliminate a program that has benefited significant numbers of Americans is next to impossible

Guest column: Clients, tax and caution

With revamped enforcement powers and the international exchange of information, the CRA is ramping up to pursue impugned tax-motivated investments

Guest column: Theories are no match for reality

More in-depth research is needed at the account level to understand the full implications of regulation on advisors' compensation

Guest column: “Best interest” standard not needed

The carve-outs for any proposed best interest standard to avoid adverse market consequences would be extensive and complicated

  • By: Ian Russell
  • January 29, 2016 November 17, 2019
  • 00:00

Guest column: No change in Alberta’s basic politics

The PCs were toppled and the NDP now reigns, with the right-leaning Wildrose Party in Opposition. But more than 50% of voters chose conservative parties

Guest column: IAP report misses a slew of reforms

The Investor Advisory Panel's report calls for further changes that may not be in the interests of ensuring that investors are informed

  • By: Ian Russell
  • March 26, 2015 November 17, 2019
  • 23:00

Guest column: Opening Canada’s commercial window

New trade agreement with the European Union offers huge opportunities for Canada's investment industry

  • By: Ian Russell
  • December 1, 2014 November 17, 2019
  • 00:00

Guest column: CRM2 and the end of 60/40?

Fee disclosure and the new "pay for performance" mentality will likely lead to abandonment of the typical 60/40 asset mix

Guest Column: Investor choice, not bans, best approach

One of the benefits of CRM2 is that it puts a visible, understandable price tag on the value of advice

  • By: Noel Archard
  • September 18, 2014 November 17, 2019
  • 23:00

Guest column: Why more CPP is not the best choice

Canadian seniors are already doing well. Boosting the CPP, as some are suggesting, is not the right way to improve savings

  • By: Don Janzen
  • March 1, 2014 November 17, 2019
  • 00:00

Guest column: Encouraging investor participation

Regulators should be cautious, placing more emphasis on efficiency in the regulation of capital markets to calm nervous investors

  • By: Ian Russell
  • October 27, 2013 November 17, 2019
  • 23:00

Guest column: Regulators should move cautiously

It's crucial that future regulation not be based on Canada's lack of confidence due to a misguided inferiority complex

Guest column: Comparing fees in the U.S. and Canada

New research suggests Canadians pay fees at the same rate as Americans, and that the U.S. model could cost clients more over time

Guest column: Time is right for a common regulator

Consistency and efficiency are the new priorities in securities regulation

  • By: Ian Russell
  • March 31, 2013 November 17, 2019
  • 23:00