Articles by Diane Francis

Bitcoin, crypotocurrencies unregulated and fraud is rampant

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are like the Bre-X stock — they will leave investor hopes in tatters Diane Francis: These are equity issues without rules and investors should avoid them like the plague Anyone can create a cryptocurrency out of thin air.Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg Last week, Arizona’s legislators took the strange step of preparing laws to… Read More

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The New Normal in Messy Stock Markets

This week’s market mess was accompanied by the usual glut of pundits with wild, contradictory, or just plain goofy explanations as to the cause of market volatility. But a former colleague had the best explanation of all. When asked why prices rose he would say it’s because “there are more buyers than sellers” and when… Read More

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Trump Immigration Policy is out of Canada’s Playbook!

Trump’s populism may not be attractive — but his immigration policies are resonating with people Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper cleaned up Canada’s immigration mess and his smart template is what Trump’s State of the Union address this week aims to emulate When it comes to immigration, Donald Trump aspires to a Canadian-like process.Win McNamee/Pool… Read More

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Russia Cheats. Period. And Is Booted out of Olympics from Now On

Russian corruption will cast its shadow over South Korea’s Winter Olympics that will be held between February 9 and 25. For decades, the Games, notably the winter ones, have handed Russia its greatest public relations coups. Unable to deliver decent living standards or democracy to its people, the Kremlin has concentrated instead on gold medals… Read More

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Peter Diamandis on 2018 Forecast from Silicon Valley

Technological advances are accelerating at a rapid pace and this year will be no exception. Fasten your seatbelts because here’s a forecast of major trends from Peter Diamandis, one of Silicon Valley’s most influential thinkers and entrepreneurs. Communications: A fifth-generation wireless system, called 5G will roll out this year, allowing users to download a movie in… Read More

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Canada grants won’t build Silicon Valley North, but more Bombardiers

Silicon Valley North? Not one that;’s funded by taxpayers,Postmedia files Canadian governments have historically demonstrated two aptitudes: Raising taxes and giving away grants without proper controls. The latest spree involves the rush to join the ranks of technologically advanced nations. A worthy goal, badly executed by bureaucrats who are handing out billions of tax dollars… Read More

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