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Side accounts could bring two life insurance giants to their knees

Side accounts could bring two life insurance giants to their knees

Two predecessor companies of Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. and Manulife Financial Corp. issued life insurance policies that allowed holders to invest in side accounts that guaranteed rates of up to five per cent and four per cent, respectively.Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press files In an era of higher interest rates in the

U.S. dollar likely to weaken as deficit rises, political uncertainty persists

U.S. President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2019 budgetAndrew Harrer/Bloomberg If you’re looking for guidance on the direction of the U.S. dollar going forward, the growth of America’s budget deficit is a good place to start. Following on the heels of massive tax cuts, Congress approved another injection of fiscal stimulus in February, this time in

Aimia investor may push for board, management changes or sale of company

Mittleman Brothers said it had increased its ownership of Aimia to 10.6 per cent at the end of January, and opened the possibility of pushing for changes at the company.Postmedia News files Mittleman Brothers has taken a stake in Aimia Inc. and says it may push for changes to the Canadian loyalty-card provider’s management or board

Is now the time to buy energy stocks?

The ability of U.S. producers to add more drilling rigs at higher oil prices appears to be what’s put a ceiling on gains in crudeRichard Perry/The New York Times Oil and gas equities have been underperforming crude oil prices since the middle of 2017, but the outlook for energy stocks deteriorated further in the past

Now’s the time to buy Canadian stocks, Fiera Capital’s $129-billion CIO says

Francois Bourdon, who oversees $129 billion as chief investment officer of Montreal-based Fiera Capital, said he's seeing the most attractive opportunities in Canada.Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press Quebec’s largest independent asset manager is betting U.S. stocks have further to fall and is buying beaten-down Canadian shares instead. Francois Bourdon, who oversees $129 billion (US$103 billion) as

Volatility is back — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing

Traders signal offers in the S&P options pit at the Cboe Global Markets exchange on Feb. 6 in Chicago.Scott Olson It’s been a scary couple of weeks. Headlines have been blaring about the stock selloff, which has seen the S&P 500 fall back to levels not seen since — egad! — December 2017. Even worse,

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