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[McKinsey] Digitization and the Fight for the Bank Customer
[McKinsey] Digitization and the Fight for the Bank Customer

by Yvonne von Jena | March 6, 2016

Says McKinsey in its 2015 Global Banking Review entitled "The Fight for the Customer", as digitization accelerates, banks will be in a battle for the customer that will define the next 10 years for the industry.

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[RBC] Home ownership in Canada remains affordable … for buyers outside Va...
[RBC] Home ownership in Canada remains affordable … for buyers outside Vancouver or Toronto

by Yvonne von Jena | February 29, 2016

Local housing affordability trends continue to run in opposite directions in Canada in Q4 2015, as per the latest RBC Housing Affordability Report. Housing affordability trends are still varied substantially across local markets and housing categories in Canada, and there was a marked erosion in the Vancouver-area and, to a lesser extent, Toronto-area markets, especially in the single-detached segments. According to RBC Economics, contrasting regional pictures are likely to persist in the near term and for Vancouver and Toronto, this would intensify affordability-related stress for homebuyers.

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Google to Shut Down Google Compare Site
Google to Shut Down Google Compare Site

by Yvonne von Jena | February 23, 2016

Google is shuttering its U.S. financial-comparison site for auto insurance, credit cards and mortgages after one year, according to people familiar with the matter.

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[Altus] Short-Term Over-Supply of New Condos Expected in Calgary
[Altus] Short-Term Over-Supply of New Condos Expected in Calgary

by Yvonne von Jena | February 21, 2016

According to the latest Calgary new condo report by the Altus Group, a growing supply of new high-rise units resulting from 2015 and 2016 project completions - both rental and condominium - is expected to lead to a short-term oversupply of high- density homes in the Inner-City as unit possessions are coinciding with a declining employment base within the Central Business District.

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[McKinsey] Bank Risk Management: Dealing with Expected Disrupters
[McKinsey] Bank Risk Management: Dealing with Expected Disrupters

by Yvonne von Jena | February 20, 2016

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[TransUnion] Auto Delinquencies Up, Especially in Alberta
[TransUnion] Auto Delinquencies Up, Especially in Alberta

by Yvonne von Jena | February 19, 2016

As per TransUnion’s Q4 2015 MarketTrends report, the number of Albertans who are 60 days or more past due on their vehicle loans and leases jumped by 35% in just one year. Others on the front lines in Alberta are saying that it’s not just vehicles but other toys, motor homes and the like. Question, is this the canary in the coal mine?

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[Colliers] Chinese Capital Flowing into Canadian Commercial Real Estate
[Colliers] Chinese Capital Flowing into Canadian Commercial Real Estate

by Yvonne von Jena | February 18, 2016

According to a report by Colliers International, commercial real estate deals in Canada underwritten by Chinese investors are on the rise and expected to grow. The report notes that the common denominators for these cross-border purchasers are development opportunities with a high residential component in major cities or recognized destinations, land that is ready for development and large projects.

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BC Government Makes Several Significant Changes to Its Property Transfer Ta...
BC Government Makes Several Significant Changes to Its Property Transfer Tax Program

by Yvonne von Jena | February 17, 2016

The BC government has made several significant changes to its Property Transfer Tax program, which are effective today. The changes affect certain newly-built homes under $750,000, first time home buyers, luxury homes over $2 million, buyer’s country of residence reporting and ownership of properties held by corporations.

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BC Government Makes Several Significant Changes to Its Property Transfer Ta...
BC Government Makes Several Significant Changes to Its Property Transfer Tax Program

by Yvonne von Jena | February 17, 2016

The BC government has made several significant changes to its Property Transfer Tax program, which are effective today. The changes affect certain newly-built homes under $750,000, first time home buyers, luxury homes over $2 million, buyer’s country of residence reporting and ownership of properties held by corporations.

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Ontario Government: Changes to Strengthen Credit Unions
Ontario Government: Changes to Strengthen Credit Unions

by Yvonne von Jena | February 16, 2016

The Ontario government is taking action on the 15 recommendations laid out in the Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires Act, 1994 legislative review report. These proposed changes will help credit unions and caisses populaires remain competitive and better serve individuals, communities and businesses.

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