Stock

Don’t relax just yet, Italy’s upcoming election could spark market volatility

Former Italian premier Silvio BerlusconiMatteo Bazzi/ANSA via AP As Italy’s March 4 election approaches, investors can take comfort in the fact that both the poll-leading Five Star Movement and the right-wing Northern League, have eased off their threats to hold a referendum on the country’s membership in the Eurozone. Not only does the Italian constitution

Business & Finance

Funds

Addenda makes a case for people, profits and planet

Wind farms…EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP/Getty For most investors, returns are purely financial — how much better off they are at the end of one period compared with an earlier period. But for another group, returns are a mix, a combination of the straight financial return and the societal return, with the latter being the economic benefits generated

Bonds

The Power List: 25 movers and shakers we’re buzzing about

Auto exec Linda Hasenfratz provides a strong voice on NAFTA Linda Hasenfratz isn’t worried when U.S. President Donald Trump tweets or makes an off-the-cuff comment about ripping up the North American Free Trade Agreement. “It’s a negotiation. I don’t think you should ever be surprised by things your opponents may or may not say and

Commodities

Five things you need to know before beginning your work day on Feb. 27

Merchant ships along the Panama Canal.Rodrigo Arangua/AFP Good morning! Shari Kulha here with the business stories you need to know this morning, to tide you over until budget news takes the main stage this afternoon. The energy industry is calling Ottawa to task again (still), Apple has three new phone models up its sleeve, and the

Currencies

Rogers to raise internet prices starting Monday, Bell to raise its fees in April

Rogers Communications and BCE are raising their monthly internet prices by $8 and $5, respectively.File Photo TORONTO — Two of Canada’s biggest internet service providers are preparing to increase their monthly subscriber prices. Rogers Communications will raise prices for most of its current internet plans by $8 a month, starting Monday. For its lowest-price plan,

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