Category Archives: General News

Understanding the Bitcoin and Block chain “Noise”

If you are trying to understand the Bitcoin and block chain “noise” this article might help to clear up some of the confusion on the subject.

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It takes some red to make some green

As you are probably aware, we have had a significant shift in market sentiment over the last couple weeks.  In particular, yesterday saw over an 1,100 point decline in the US markets on the DOW.  We thought we would send out a note to help provide some insight to clients who may be questioning what to do in times like […]

VPI Canadian Equity Pool Newsletter – December 2017

December 2017 VPI Canadian Equity Pool – Growth Through Business Ownership

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U.S. Impact on VPI Canadian Equity Pool

The more global the economy becomes, the more events far from home can affect the companies in the VPI Portfolios.  Here are two stories about how U.S. President Donald Trump – specifically with his newly-passed tax cuts and hard line stance on NAFTA negotiations – is having an impact on the VPI Canadian Equity Pool.

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Bank of Canada Keeps Benchmark interest rate steady at 1%

The Bank of Canada has decided to keep its benchmark lending rate steady at one percent, pausing after two small hikes earlier this year.

To read an update on the budget click here.

Bank of Canada eases up on rate-hike accelerator

The bank of Canada indicated it’s in no rush to cool an economy that is very close to running up against capacity constraints, citing a long list of worries ranging from gains in the Canadian dollar to risks associated with growing protectionism in the US.

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Liberals to target ‘most wealthy’ with updated tax proposal

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is adjusting his tax proposals on passive income so only three percent of the “most wealthy” privately owned corporations will have to pay higher taxes.

To read an update on the budget click here.

Liberals trimming small business tax rate to stanch political bleeding

Prime Minister Trudeau also says the government won’t be changing the lifetime capital gains rule.

The Trudeau government took the first of several steps Monday to stanch the bleeding from a self-inflicted political wound, resurrecting a campaign promise to cut taxes for small businesses outraged by it’s controversial tax-reform proposals.

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Budget 2017 Update

The B.C. NDP government has tabled it’s first budget.  It will raise taxes on corporations and high-income earners to help pay for new spending on education, affordable housing and the ongoing overdose crisis.

To read an update on the budget click here.


11 things to know about B.C.’s 2017 budget update

The B.C. NDP has added significant new spending in its 2017 Budget update, which is its first financial plan since it took office.

For the 2017/2018 fiscal year, the government will spend $51.9 billion, nearly $2 billion more than the B.C. Liberals planned to spend in their February budget, which was never passed.

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