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New Zealand Offers Support to Bereaved Mothers

By Samantha Bader New Zealand has taken another step towards ensuring that their workplaces are as progressive as possible when it comes to the workplace rights of women. Last week, a bill that was passed unanimously through parliament has become the first in the world to provide women who suffer a miscarriage with paid leave. This represents a massive milestone for working women in New … Continue reading New Zealand Offers Support to Bereaved Mothers

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OPINION: A Shot at Recovery

The Best Stimulus For Canada is Shots in the Arm. By Momal Khan The cottage country rush, summer rentals, exotic vacations, and backyard pools- all signs the economy could bounce back soon. But with the current state of vaccination rounds, a COVID-free summer may be too much to hope for.  While many stand to believe that Canada has botched the vaccine rollout (at least in … Continue reading OPINION: A Shot at Recovery

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Rogers Acquisition of Shaw

Do the Benefits Outweigh the Downfalls? By Jonathan Paglialunga March 15th 2021 marked the birth of a controversial $26 billion deal between two Canadian communications companies: Rogers and Shaw. Under the proposed plan, Rogers will pay $40.50 for each of Shaw’s outstanding class A and B shares. The March 15th proposal resulted in Shaw’s shares springing 42% to $34, a number still well below the … Continue reading Rogers Acquisition of Shaw

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The Student Skill Sets of the Future

By Nataly Kehyayan Landing an internship has been extra challenging this year in a job market that was already competitive for students and recent graduates. In fact, more than 50% of graduates feel less confident in their job search this year and 33% are concerned about their chances of breaking into their preferred industry. Unemployment in Canada for the ages between 20 and 24 rose … Continue reading The Student Skill Sets of the Future

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New Energy Agenda Propels Pipeline Disputes

By Rowland Goddard, Staff Writer Since the mid-19th-century, petroleum and gasoline pipelines have been the predominant way Americans and Canadians get their energy. In America, 69% of the energy consumed is from oil and gas and in Canada, that figure grows to 79%. As energy giants, both countries produce and transport millions of natural gas and oil units through their pipelines every day. However, with … Continue reading New Energy Agenda Propels Pipeline Disputes

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Summer Job Search for Students

By Isabella Diez The 2021 Summer Workplace: The work landscape will look a little different as we head into the summer of 2021. In previous years, university students have been able to gain valuable work experience by securing full-time positions in a variety of industries. As we saw last summer in 2020, many companies reduced the number of student positions available which left many students … Continue reading Summer Job Search for Students

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SoFi: IPOs Available for All

By Daniel Tortis An online finance company called So-Fi is beginning to offer a service that will allow retail investors to be able to buy shares of companies that are going public. This is all in an effort by SoFi to democratize the IPO process. This is a monumental shift, as in the past IPO shares have only been available for institutional investors such as … Continue reading SoFi: IPOs Available for All

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Non-Fungible Tokens: The Next Frontier

By Samantha Bader The newest form of art is here – and it’s one that Pablo Picasso could’ve never imagined. The emergence of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) has been skyrocketing in the past year, and 2021 is starting to look as though it will be the biggest year for NFTs yet. Now, instead of the ultra-wealthy fighting to get their hands on a rare work by … Continue reading Non-Fungible Tokens: The Next Frontier

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Special Purpose Acquisition Companies

By Nataly Kehyayan, Staff Writer In 2020, investors saw 248 SPACs enter the market, a 320% increase from 2019. Special Purpose Acquisition Companies are shell companies that do not hold any assets or serve any purpose other than to raise money through a non-traditional IPO to eventually merge with another company.  When a company is too risky, or there is not enough interest from investors, … Continue reading Special Purpose Acquisition Companies

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Volkswagen Races Forward

By Sandhya Anand, Staff Writer VW stakes a new war in Tesla’s EV territory. How long will it take before it supersedes Tesla’s carefully guarded crown?  Joining the electric car bandwagon, VW overtakes Tesla massively with plans to release new electric cars by the end of 2030. Herbert Diess, the chief executive officer of this German car company, had released a statement last year promising … Continue reading Volkswagen Races Forward

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Streaming Wars: The (Digital) Force Awakens

By Momal Khan There’s a scene in Marvel’s Black Panther where Shuri says, “Just because something works, doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.”  In today’s world of digital streaming, where entertainment is just a click away and isn’t something that you need to go very far to seek anymore, this couldn’t be more true. The viewer-experience has seen a paradigm shift in recent years, and … Continue reading Streaming Wars: The (Digital) Force Awakens

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Online Sports Betting: The Future of Gambling

By Daniel Tortis Three years ago the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a federal ban on sports betting, allowing state governments to make their own decision regarding legalization. Prior to 2018, sports betting was only available in the state of Nevada while every other American state considered it an illegal activity. Fourteen states have already decided to legalize sports betting since the … Continue reading Online Sports Betting: The Future of Gambling

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Spring Scamming

By Nithusa Sinnadurai, Staff Writer Since the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been doing nothing but taking precautions. From wearing masks, to washing our hand at an exponential rate and maintaining the constant six feet of separation. Along with these regulations, Canadians must avoid falling victim to financial scams. As we approach the fourth month of 2021, the Canada Revenue Agency has already … Continue reading Spring Scamming

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The 2008 Financial Crisis

By Rowland Goddard, Staff Writer Introduction:  The financial crisis of 2008 highlighted that any economy is susceptible to a crash. Prior to the crisis, most Americans believed in the strength of the economy as they pursued the “American Dream.” Little did they know, in the background, poor financial decisions were being made that would affect the whole country in the coming years. This economic crash … Continue reading The 2008 Financial Crisis

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Currency Crisis Hits Lebanon

By Samantha Bader It has been a remarkably hard year for the country of Lebanon – from the pandemic to the Beirut port explosion and a collapse of the government. Now, the situation on the ground is being made even worse by the official currency crumbling. On the unofficial market, widely considered to be a more accurate measure of the Lebanese economy, the US dollar … Continue reading Currency Crisis Hits Lebanon

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A Glimpse Into the Future: Saudi Arabia’s NEOM

By Momal Khan A city without cars, conventional streets, and carbon emissions: just miles and miles of pink sand with towering mountain ranges and technology embedded beneath the surface to serve your every need. Sound like utopia?  Saudi Arabia has announced plans for a $500 billion mega-development in its northwest region called ‘NEOM’. The city’s futuristic development plan includes the building of residential and commercial … Continue reading A Glimpse Into the Future: Saudi Arabia’s NEOM

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Sports Cards Skyrocketing

By Jonathan Paglialunga I believe that most people have felt the joy of opening a pack of sports cards and seeing their favourite player in the mix. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented boom in the sports card industry has occurred, prompting people of all ages to go searching for the location of their old collection. With the pandemic shutting down stores, workplaces and … Continue reading Sports Cards Skyrocketing

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The 2013 Taper Tantrum

By Nataly Kehyayan When the US government decided to tighten monetary policies and reduce bond-purchases, in 2013 global markets increased in volatility, and emerging markets were hit by a huge wave of uncertainty and turmoil in capital flows and exchange rates. While the effects of the taper tantrum were felt across the world, ultimately, developing economies paid the heavier price. Decisions made by the central … Continue reading The 2013 Taper Tantrum

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Google’s Cookie Apocalypse

By Sandhya Anand Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Well, apparently Google has decided to throw them all out.  Google has decided to stop supporting third party cookies. Now what really are cookies, you may ask? Cookies are text files that contain small pieces of data. These tiny amounts of data are used to identify your device as you browse the internet. They … Continue reading Google’s Cookie Apocalypse

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Making All Her Own Moves: the Whitney Wolfe Herd Story

Nithusa Sinnadurai, Staff Writer On February 11th, 2021, history was made as Whitney Wolfe Herd, CEO of the popular dating-app Bumble, became the youngest, self-made, female billionaire. At the age of 31, Wolfe has achieved such extreme success, yet her road to prosperity was definitely not an easy path.  After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Wolfe was faced with the same question most graduates find … Continue reading Making All Her Own Moves: the Whitney Wolfe Herd Story

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Invasion of Privacy

Isabella Diez, Director of Operations It has become obvious that the war on privacy is encroaching upon the digital space. Currently, two big tech companies are in conflict regarding the issue of privacy, each having differing stances on user and digital privacy. Apple has announced that later this year the new iOS 14 operating system update will be asking users for permission to access all … Continue reading Invasion of Privacy

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Bond Yields Disrupt the Financial Market

Rowland Goddard, Staff Writer The last week of February saw stock market monthly gains depleted by the rise of treasury bond yields. A sell-off in tech shares caused the Nasdaq index to fall 4.9% for the week; its worst weekly performance since October. Similar results were seen in the other major indices. There is a growing concern that treasury yields will continue to rise in … Continue reading Bond Yields Disrupt the Financial Market

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In 2021, the Chips are Down

By Jonathan Paglilaunga, Staff Writer In spring of 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic was in its early phases and lockdown was in full effect, the demand for chips to supply technological computing devices was completely depleted. In these several months where the economy has begun to recover slightly, there was a severe difference in the high demand for semiconductors and the ability for various companies … Continue reading In 2021, the Chips are Down

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Working Women are Losing their Place

By Samantha Bader, Co-President What happens when a pandemic closes schools, daycares, and nurseries with little to no advance notice for families? It causes a mass exodus of women from the workforce. Rates of employed women are falling fast, signalling yet another massive problem in the world’s desire to stabilize the global economy.  As the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, it is … Continue reading Working Women are Losing their Place

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Telus Makes Waves with IPO

By Nataly Kehyayan, Staff Writer Telus International (TIXT) marks the biggest tech initial public offering (IPO) in terms of capital raised on the TSX with the IPO and the secondary offering forecasted to raise $925 million for the company. TIXT started trading at $25 per share, offering 37 million shares on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021. Banks familiar with the matter have reported a high level … Continue reading Telus Makes Waves with IPO

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McKinsey Pays Millions

By Samantha Bader, Co-President McKinsey and Company, an American based consulting firm, is one of the first big companies to pay for their role in the opioid crisis. The firm signed an agreement with 47 states, 5 territories and the District of Columbia to settle a myriad of lawsuits. The amount of money McKinsey will pay is estimated to reach almost $600 million USD.  The … Continue reading McKinsey Pays Millions

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Gamestop: The Story of Reddit Taking on Wall Street

Daniel Tortis, Director of Digital Media Gamestop in the 2000s and early 2010s was a successful American company. It was a brick and mortar retailer that sold video games, consumer electronics, and gaming merchandise. Due to the pandemic and changing consumer preferences, sales have been dwindling. Selling physical copies of video games used to make up a huge portion of Gamestop’s revenue however many gamers … Continue reading Gamestop: The Story of Reddit Taking on Wall Street

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Diversified Portfolios

Rowland Goddard, Staff Writer The financial markets in 2020 proved that the current investing landscape is extremely volatile. Momentum trading is evident at every corner of the market. Stock growth/losses are severe and happen quickly. These market trends can be connected to advancements in technology allowing the transfer of information to reach a greater number of individuals in a quicker period of time. No longer … Continue reading Diversified Portfolios

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Short Term Rentals: Long Term Pains

Isabella Diez, Director of Operations At the end of 2020, the City of Toronto announced a new set of restrictions for short-term rental operators. As a result, the landscape for short-term rentals has changed drastically forcing many operators to sell their properties.  Short-term rentals were banned temporarily, as a part of COVID-19 restrictions in April of 2020. With this change, many major cities saw a … Continue reading Short Term Rentals: Long Term Pains

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OPINION: Protect Workers, Implement Paid Sick Days

Samantha Bader, Co-President As cases of COVID-19 once again spike out of control in Ontario, it is clear that current government measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 are failing. There is one step the government should take to reduce the spread of this virus – Doug Ford needs to stop passing the buck and implement paid sick leave for workers.  There is increasing evidence … Continue reading OPINION: Protect Workers, Implement Paid Sick Days

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Commercial Real Estate on the Rise

Jonathan Paglialunga, Staff Writer Due to the significant and prolonged nature of COVID-19, many small businesses have been forced to shut down or reduce their storefront presence, creating a surge in real-estate availability. As a direct result, large organizations who either withstood the impacts of the pandemic or successively adapted to the online atmosphere have since been exposed to a wide array of discounted real … Continue reading Commercial Real Estate on the Rise

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Generation Z and Personal Finance

Momal Khan, Co-President With the worldwide shift towards self-service, automation, and digital banking, financial literacy has become more important than ever. This holds especially true for Generation Z, as the older half of the generational cohort is either entering, currently in, or just graduated from university.  Born after 1995, Generation Z was the first to grow up surrounded by the internet, smartphones, and computers. While … Continue reading Generation Z and Personal Finance

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Nickel Powered Society: The New Future?

Dylan Howse, Director of Finance What do you think of when you hear the words “metals and mining”?  You’re probably imaging a gold mine of some sorts that’s going to be used to make a luxurious necklace at your local jewellery store. That is a completely accurate depiction of what happens, except for the fact that gold only makes up a small percentage of the … Continue reading Nickel Powered Society: The New Future?

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From Unicorn To Disaster: Elizabeth Holmes’ Guide to Mass Deception

Nithusa Sinnadurai, Staff Writer Amidst this global pandemic, the ever-deceiving trail of Elizabeth Holmes was pushed back to July 13th, 2021. To understand the complexity behind her case it’s best to start off by understanding who Elizabeth Holmes is, better known as one of Silicon Valley’s greatest failures. Holmes, a driven, chemical engineering student with a thirst for success, dropped out of Stanford University at … Continue reading From Unicorn To Disaster: Elizabeth Holmes’ Guide to Mass Deception

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Airline Industry Hits Turbulence

Isabella Diez, Director of Operations In 2020, the airline industry faced unprecedented losses due to the ongoing pandemic. The airlines were directly impacted by global border closures, restricted air travel, and government imposed lockdowns. The economic losses of airlines worldwide are estimated to be $314 billion USD and without a doubt have marked 2020 as the industry’s worst financial year ever.  Passenger numbers are estimated … Continue reading Airline Industry Hits Turbulence

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Better Store of Wealth: Bitcoin or Gold?

Daniel Tortis, Director of Digital Media Last week bitcoin reached all time highs, leading to investors realizing huge paper profits. Some people are even asking themselves if they should move some of their traditional investments in commodities such as gold into the cryptocurrencies for the long haul.  Bitcoin is a currency that allows people to transfer money over the internet. There is a finite amount … Continue reading Better Store of Wealth: Bitcoin or Gold?

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Arctic Under Attack

Samantha Bader, Co-President In one last push to do as much damage to the environment as possible before leaving office, soon to be former President Trump has pushed through a plan to sell drilling rights in the Alaskan wilderness. The National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) is a 23 million acre plain in the Northern part of Alaska, believed to contain 11 billion barrels of … Continue reading Arctic Under Attack

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Blue Wave Washes Over Wall Street

Sandhya Anand, Staff Writer Holding power for one term seems to be becoming a running theme for the Republicans. As rioters and white supremacists storm the Capitol, how will the stock market react to such unprecedented times? On January 6th 2021, Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warwock led Georgia to a blue victory in their special election for the Senate, concluding in President-elect Joe Biden … Continue reading Blue Wave Washes Over Wall Street

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Stocks Soar to New Heights

Momal Khan, Co-President The TSX has followed the US stocks into record levels as of last Thursday, closing at 18 027 which is above the previous record-high seen on February 20th, 2020.  Commodity investors especially are returning in full force, with wagers that a steadily weakening dollar is allowing materials to dominate in the currency. Commodities such as metals, oils, and crops are becoming progressively … Continue reading Stocks Soar to New Heights

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COVID-19 Vaccines: Can Pharmaceutical Companies Make Profits?

Jonathan Paglialunga, Staff Writer The COVID-19 pandemic has birthed the need for pharmaceutical companies to make a leap into creating an effective vaccine.  As a result, companies like Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, which are typically not household names, are now being placed in the spotlight. These organizations acted as innovators in the search for the vaccine, which has subsequently enabled other companies to join the race … Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccines: Can Pharmaceutical Companies Make Profits?