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Pessimism reigns as economic gloom weighs on Canadian stocks

The TSX fell today, with heavyweight banks tipping the scales to the downside amid broad pessimism about domestic growth and the uncertain outlook for industries tied to energy.
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Top Picks from Don Vialoux, research analyst at Horizons ETF Management Canada.
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Of course, nothing works as well as turning off your phone. But we are humans; we are weak. Acknowledging that, and the irony of these apps, here are five of our favourites
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Notable Call: Here are the biggest cash cows in the world
Citi highlights the biggest cash cows in the world – companies that give more money to shareholders than they reinvest into the business.
Canadian Natural's stance with NDP could backfire, analysts warn
Alberta energy executives are scurrying to make friends with provincial Premier Rachel Notley and her colleagues in the New Democratic Party. But CNRL rejected the gentle approach Wednesday when it cancelled its so-called investor day.
TD Bank braces for mobile payment competition from high tech disruptors
As competition in the mobile payment space heats up, TD Bank is stepping up its efforts to defend its turf.
Visa’s tough stance puts pressure on other FIFA sponsors to act, experts say
Visa Inc.’s public warning to FIFA that it may end its sponsorship if world soccer’s governing body does not quickly clean up its act will likely prompt other sponsors to take a tough stance as a major corruption scandal involving FIFA unfolds, brand experts said.
U.S. economy shrinks in first quarter as strong dollar hits corporate profits
The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter as it buckled under the weight of unusually heavy snowfalls and a resurgent dollar, but activity has rebounded modestly.
Unrepentant Lehman ex-CEO Fuld says firm 'was not bankrupt'
"Not a day goes by where I don't think about Lehman Brothers." he said. "I'd love to tell you I'm over it, it's behind me. Doesn't happen."
OPEC supply, resurgent shale seen keeping oil prices weak
Reuters monthly survey of 28 analysts predicted the global oil benchmark North Sea Brent crude would average $61.60 US a barrel in 2015, close to current levels.
Notable Call: Here are the biggest cash cows in the world
Citi highlights the biggest cash cows in the world – companies that give more money to shareholders than they reinvest into the business.
Teck to idle Canadian coal operations as demand slumps
The temporary shutdowns will take place in the third quarter, according to the Vancouver-based company. The move will cut metallurgical coal production by about 1.5 million metric tons, or 22 percent, in the quarter.
Five things millennials should know before buying a home
Dominion Lending Centres’ chief economist Sherry Cooper lays it all out in five points for late 20 and early 30-year-olds hoping to live the dream of home ownership.
TD Bank profit beats estimates on Canadian retail strength
Net income was $1.86 billion, or 97 cents a share, for the second quarter ended April 30, compared with $1.99 billion, or $1.04 a share, a year ago.
Costco profit tops estimates as sales gains outpaced Wal-Mart
Costco, which focuses on selling large volumes of goods to its members at low prices, has outperformed Wal-Mart and Target Corp. recently.
Alberta wildfire threat grows as blaze moves toward oil sands
Northern Alberta firefighters are battling a wildfire that has moved within 5 kilometres of Cenovus Energy Inc.’s oil sands operations.
CIBC boosts dividend as profit triples
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce posted fiscal second-quarter profit that beat analysts’ estimates, led by gains in wholesale banking and wealth management.
Canadian economy contracts in first quarter as business investment drops
Canada’s economy shrank between January and March, the first contraction in four years and the largest since the 2009 recession.
Top Picks from Paul Harris: DH Corp., Element Financial, and Mainstreet Equity
Top Picks from Paul Harris, partner and portfolio manager at Avenue Investment Management.
BMO boosts dividend as profit slides
Bank of Montreal reported net earnings of $1-billion in its fiscal second quarter
Five things millennials should know before buying a home
Dominion Lending Centres’ chief economist Sherry Cooper lays it all out in five points for late 20 and early 30-year-olds hoping to live the dream of home ownership.
Living paycheque-to-paycheque: Why Canadians struggle to use their TFSA
Financial commentator Pattie Lovett-Reid says nobody talks about the possibility of losing their job. But for many Canadians that is what is on their minds.
Why can’t Canadians get overland flood insurance?
Flood victims in southern Alberta hoping to make insurance claims to cover damage to their homes could be out of luck.
Average home price of affluent Canadians tops $1.5-million
Affluent Canadians are sitting on an average value of $1.5-million for their homes, a recent poll indicates.
Income splitting used by high-income professionals for decades: study
The new report examines tax filer data and estimates governments are losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year in revenue from strategies used by owners of private companies to shift income to their lower-earning spouses and adult children who live at the same address
Personal Investor: Move your investments into RRSPs, TFSAs and save big tax dollars
Transferring investments into RRSPs and TFSAs can be tricky – but you can save big tax dollars. Here are a few things you should know.
RBC forced to scrap fee changes after backlash
Consumer advocates rejoiced after Royal Bank of Canada backed down on proposed fee changes that would have potentially charged consumers for the privilege of paying credit-card bills and their mortgages.
Pattie Lovett-Reid: Rising household debt levels only tell half the story
CTV's chief financial commentator agrees with a new Fraser Institute report: You have to account for assets when you talk debt levels.
Personal Investor: Spring brings a mortgage rate chill
After years of being warned that interest rates are on their way up, it seems Canadian homeowners are finally getting the message.
How much house can you REALLY afford? Hidden traps to avoid when you go mortgage shopping
The landscape is competitive, margins are being squeezed and mortgage rates have been lower for longer than anyone thought would have been the case. That has extended the life of the real estate market in key locations.

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