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Government help during Covid-19: a summary

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Trading surges amid extreme volatility

TMX reports monthly transactions double in March

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Fund industry weathers stock market storm

Reports on sales and assets offer initial glimpse of industry impact

TD, CIBC, BMO and other skyscrapers in Toronto in spring

Mortgage deferrals at Canada’s big banks pile up, association says

Banks have fielded half a million requests for mortgage deferrals

Feds went with simple rules for benefits to speed up Covid-19 aid, Morneau says

Finance minister says the government can’t administer multiple programs while providing quick relief

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Tax tips for business owners navigating the pandemic

Tax experts offer planning strategies and analyze federal support options

  • April 2, 2020 April 2, 2020
  • 16:15
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A record number of U.S. workers seek unemployment benefits

Economists estimate that 20 million Americans could lose their jobs by month's end

Wells Fargo claws back US$75 million from top execs in sales scandal

Profit forecasts drop for Wall Street

Corporate earnings could see the biggest impact from the pandemic in Q2

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Details released on federal wage subsidy program

To qualify, businesses will have to prove their monthly revenue has declined by 30% year over year

  • By: IE Staff
  • April 1, 2020 April 1, 2020
  • 17:49
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Unemployed during Covid-19? Here’s how to navigate federal programs

A primer on CERB, EI and the government’s 75% wage subsidy

Trudeau says Parliament needs to sit again for more Covid-19 relief

The legislation passed last week won’t allow for the Liberals’ promised 75% wage subsidy

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Address change would be temporary until quarantine efforts are lifted

  • By: IE Staff
  • April 1, 2020 April 2, 2020
  • 10:21
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Big banks use new funding facility

Nine banks accessing BoC's new liquidity option, CBA says

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RBC expects home sales to dive 30%, prices to decline because of outbreak

Low interest rates and a recovery could help sales to surge more than 40% in 2021

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Pascal offers free tool for advisors working remotely

Wealthtech firm provides free subscriptions to Prevail by Pascal until July 1

  • By: IE Staff
  • March 31, 2020 March 31, 2020
  • 13:09
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Fed steps in once again to try to smooth out lending markets

The program will let central banks sell Treasurys to the Fed with an agreement to buy them back the next day

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Ontario court rules against CIBC in overtime class action lawsuit

Specific damages owing to employees in the class action have not yet been determined

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Large business, non profits, charities eligible for wage subsidy, Trudeau says

The federal bailout package to date is now valued at more than $200 billion

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New services assist small businesses, individuals in wake of Covid-19

Advocis and others are offering free advice

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A crisis guide to email auto-responses

Tips for crafting the right message

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Banks cut lending rates again

Banks followed the Bank of Canada, which cut its overnight rate again on Friday

  • By: IE Staff
  • March 30, 2020 March 30, 2020
  • 11:38
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OSFI relaxes capital, liquidity requirements

Regulator unveils measures to give banks, insurers and pensions operational flexibility

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Feds increase wage subsidy for small business

The measure jumps to 75% from 10%

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Sun Life CEO’s compensation drops slightly in 2019

The executive's total compensation was $9.6M