Commodities

Why the big fall in oil isn't over yet

An oil price driven by speculation may be headed a lot lower.Bullish speculative activity in crude futures exploded higher beginning in February, 2016. The commodity price had bottomed at just below $30 (U.S.) a barrel and, at the same time, forecasts by Energy Information Agency began predicting that global supply and demand for oil would balance by the third quarter of 2017, and the worldwide supply glut would stop growing.   Thursday, March 23, 2017

Six small-cap stocks with room to run

Investors who missed last year's rally in Canadian small-cap stocks can still find attractive bets in the sector.Resource stocks helped to drive this space higher in 2016 as commodity prices rebounded. But a recent pullback in energy and other areas has produced bargains, while other small-company stocks remain under the radar due to lack of analyst coverage.   Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lucrative mutual funds share a trait: They're dull

The average mutual fund sold in Canada, regardless of asset class or time span, underperforms its benchmark index, according to the fund tracking website Globefund.com.Some funds, however, consistently beat their benchmark indices year after year. They have three things in common: low fees, a low profile, and ... well, they're boring.   Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Great Lakes shippers hope for growth

After the worst cargo season in years, shippers traversing the Great Lakes are expecting a rise in volumes this season as the St. Lawrence Seaway opened Monday, but not enough to give them cause to celebrate.   Tuesday, March 21, 2017