Amazon hikes monthly Prime membership price by 20% in U.S. but not in Canada

Monthly fee in U.S. rises to $12.99, but Canadians only pay annual fee, which stays at $99 Amazon is hiking the monthly fee it charges its U.S. customers for Prime membership, but the change won’t impact Canadians who all pay by the year. The online retailer announced Friday that starting immediately, new customers would be […]

Gold Rally Brightens The Outlook For Mining Stocks

Mining shares outpace gains in gold year to date Gold mining stocks lagged behind gains for the precious metal last year, but they could overtake the gold rally in 2018. “Gold miners have been underperforming gold for the last several years, which is not unusual during a bear market or falling price,” said Peter Spina, […]

U.S. Border Guards Can Search Your Phone: Here Are Some Details On How

Border agents can demand a password to open your phone, without probable cause In one of several testy exchanges during a U.S. Senate hearing this week, the country’s secretary of homeland security was pressed to explain a new policy that allows customs agents to examine the cellphones of travellers at the border. “I want to […]

2017 Was 2nd-Warmest Across The Globe Since 1880, NASA Says

‘We’re in a long-term warming trend,’ NASA climatologist says Last year was the second-warmest across the globe since 1880, NASA reported Thursday. The global surface temperature average in 2017 was 0.90 C warmer than the 1951–1980 mean, surpassed only by 2016. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), however, 2017 was the third-warmest […]

Statistics Canada Says Manufacturing Sales Hit Record High in November

Manufacturing sales climbed 3.4 per cent to $55.5 billion, Statistics Canada says Canadian manufacturing sales hit a record high in November, driven by sales of transportation equipment, petroleum and coal products and the chemical industry, Statistics Canada said Friday. The agency said manufacturing sales climbed 3.4 per cent to $55.5 billion. However, TD Bank senior […]

Four stock picks from a money manager focused on dividend growth for over two decades

Don Taylor of the $19.4 billion Franklin Rising Dividends Fund seeks companies with especially strong businesses Don Taylor at the Franklin Rising Dividends Fund disregards companies’ current dividend yields when selecting stocks. Instead he focuses on the strength of their underlying businesses. If a company increases its sales, earnings and cash flow enough to support […]

$10M in Improvements Announced for Problem-Plagued Highway in B.C. Premier’s Riding

New two-lane bridge, bus pullouts, safety signs for Highway 14 in premier’s home riding B.C. Premier John Horgan announced $10 million worth of long-awaited improvements to accident-prone Highway 14 on Friday, adding that work will begin immediately. The spending on the first phase of changes to the highway, also known as Sooke Road, will include […]

Melted Nuclear Fuel Seen Inside Second Fukushima Reactor

Camera captures images crucial to decommissioning power plant disabled by 2011 tsunami The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Friday that a long telescopic probe successfully captured images of what is most likely melted fuel inside one of its three damaged reactors, providing limited but crucial information for its cleanup. Tokyo Electric Power […]

GE’s Stock Plunge Puts 110-Year Run in The Dow Industrials at Risk

GE shares suffering worst 5-day stretch in nearly 9 years, are now less than 1/20th the price of the highest-priced Dow stock As General Electric Co.’s stock falls further behind its peers to fresh multiyear lows, the risk of it snapping its record 110-year run within the Dow Jones Industrial Average keeps increasing. The struggling […]