Small business wish list for 2013 Alberta budget

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) recently released its pre-budget recommendations based on new survey results that reveal small-business owners across Alberta support controlling spending on government programs to ensure the next provincial budget is balanced.

The annual CFIB pre-budget survey asked business owners a series of questions on government spending, savings and borrowing. The survey was conducted with CFIB’s Alberta members in early December and had a total of... Keep Reading

Strong growth in travel predicted in Alberta

A subdued global economic environment combined with significant government austerity measures will continue to weigh on consumer confidence in Canada and in other developed countries, according to the Conference Board of Canada’s Travel Markets Outlook-Autumn 2012.

As a result, overnight visits in Canada are projected to rise by a modest 1.9 per cent in 2013, supported largely by growth in domestic and overseas travel.

The persistence of economic uncertainty related to the eurozone debt crisis... Keep Reading

Edmonton industrial market remains tight

Leasing activity in Edmonton’s industrial market remained strong during 2012, finishing the year with an overall vacancy rate of 3.7 per cent.

Heightened demand and depleting inventory are leading to increases in net rental rates across the city’s industrial market and new development is eagerly anticipated. In 2013, the market is expected to see 1.5 million square feet come online in West Edmonton, with new space likely to be absorbed quickly. These are some of the key trends noted in... Keep Reading

Retirees warn working Canadians to save longer

According to findings from the TD Retirement Realities Poll, the top piece of advice retirees have for working Canadians is to save more money by creating a budget and sticking to it (52 per cent). However, the poll also found that 15 per cent of working Canadians only plan to save for retirement for less than five years before leaving the workforce. By comparison, more than two-thirds (69 per cent) of retirees say, in hindsight, they should have saved for retirement for 25 years or more.

“If... Keep Reading

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