Stock Market Investing

  • December 16, 2011

Congress averted a government shutdown in a rare moment of bipartisan action. But US politics will continue to exert an outsized influence on markets in 2012. Here’s how to protect yourself from uncertainty in Washington. Read More

  • November 11, 2011

Rule, Brittania! The UK’s refusal to adopt the euro has proven wise. Meanwhile, Greece and Italy lurch toward adopting measures that will calm markets and begin the gradual process of sovereign-debt reduction. Read More

  • November 4, 2011

The European sovereign-debt crisis is far from over, but the Continent is lurching toward a solution. Meanwhile, don’t buy into the negativity over today’s US jobs data, the underlying statistics paint a brighter picture. Read More

  • January 7, 2011

As we kick off the new year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the year that was, what we expect from the year ahead and how you can profit in 2011. Read More

  • September 3, 2010

Key economic indicators continue to point to lukewarm growth, but a double-dip recession in the US remains highly unlikely. More important, analysts and investors have slashed their expectations for growth, setting the table for a market rally into year-end. Read More

  • May 20, 2010

Although large investment banks have profited enormously from commodities trading over the years, community banks in areas with strong ties to the oil and gas industries usually benefit from robust local economies. Read More

“Since the April Monetary Policy Report (MPR), economic developments have been broadly in line with expectations. However, the balance of risks to the Bank's April projection for inflation in Canada has shifted slightly to the upside.” With that statement, the Bank of Canada (BoC) left its key rate unchanged at 3 percent, flummoxing economists who forecast a 25-basis-point cut. Read More