Five things you should know before you start your work day on Feb. 1

Budge co-founder Michael Elman.Graham Hughes for National Post files Good morning! Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising to make housing more affordable for millennials as a federal election looms; the Canadian economy shrunk a second time in three months due to low commodity prices; and the Supreme Court has ruled that bankrupt energy companies cannot …

Five things you should know before you start your work day on Jan. 31

Good morning!Family law courts are looking for ways to get rid of multiple experts and find just one to settle cases; plans for a smart city on Toronto’s Waterfront holds many promises and uncertainties; unsolicited M&A deals in Alberta’s oil industry signals a potential future of more to come; and the U.S. Federal Reserve holds …

Five things you should know before you start your work day on Feb. 6

The big banks' mortgage growth has shrunk to a 17-year low on the back of the new stress tests buyers have to meet. Good morning! This fall’s election will test Trudeau on debt and taxes, Andrew Scheer predicts. But bear in mind Scheer’s economic theory hasn’t been updated for today’s post-crisis, low-interest-rate age. And speaking of …

Five things you should know before you start your work day on Feb. 5

“I paid US$60,000 to not drain my battery so quickly,” one Tesla owner tweeted.Justin Sullivan Good morning, readers! From being locked out of your Tesla to being locked out of a lost $190 million crypto stash, from counting retirement pennies to those you’ve lost shorting banks, to turning many pennies into many plastics, these are …

Five things you should know before you start your work day on Feb. 8

Lithium-ion batteries are used in electric vehicles, but last year was a tough one for lithium producers; one Canadian company hopes to make it through the rough patch with a new mine.James MacDonald/Bloomberg Good morning! The subjects of today’s stories fly under the radar. Take taxpayers, for instance: there’s more of them not paying income …

Five things you should know before you start your work day on Feb. 7

Suncor Energy Inc. president and CEO Steve WilliamsJames MacDonald/Bloomberg Good morning once again! Today’s lineup offers an array of stories tied to unlocking value. Quadriga’s cryptocurrency millions are still locked away, our cannabis value is not going to see the highs expected if Canada doesn’t lighten up on some regulations, our tech gurus — and …

Five things you should know before you start your work day on Jan. 16

Although HELOCS are widely sold, “many consumers appear to lack awareness of the terms and conditions of this financial product, exposing them to the risk of over‑borrowing, debt persistence, uninformed decision-making and wealth erosion,” the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada says. Good morning, readers! We look at an in-depth examination of the expanded CPP, the …

Five things you should know before you start your work day on Jan. 18

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou lives in Vancouver while she awaits word of extradition to the U.S.Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press Good morning, at the end of this week. Today’s roster ranges from the overlooked oil sector, the Husky bail-out, the un-American World Bank, the “everyman” investor, unusual house arrest,. All very interesting reads; please enjoy! UNHAPPY …

Five things you should know before you start your work day on Jan. 17

The stock selloff will scrape discretionary income from the wealthiest of us. Good morning, readers! A variety of reading for you today: The first of what will likely be a handful of banks cutting mortgage rates, regretful retirees experience something that prevents them saving enough for their post-working lives, Joe Chidley outlines why a hard-Brexit …

The business tips your team should learn from Santa

Just think of the logistics that go in to making Santa's big day a success, and follow his management practices.Sheri Determan/WENN.com Christmas is just a few weeks away, so let’s settle one thing right off the top. I believe in Santa Claus. He’s as real to me as my love for my family. In the …