Monday, May 27, 2013

Alberta still has work to do

 Although we rank high out of resource rich jurisdictions, a lofty 7 out of 58 regions, we still have to work on environmental assessments, royalties distribution and management of the Heritage Trust Fund are keeping us from really soaring.

"Andrew Bauer, economic analyst with Revenue Watch, said Alberta is “doing really well” but royalties and environmental assessments are in need of improvement.

“These resources belong to the citizens, and the question is always: How do you split the profits between companies who are doing the extraction and the government that owns the resources on behalf of the citizens? 

“Alberta receives a very low share of resource rents relative to other oil- and mineral-rich jurisdictions,” Bauer said. “The discussion around how much Alberta gets and how much Alberta should get, it’s just not happening.”

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In other news

Clark and Redford about to thaw - will the two premiers come to some agreement on the Gateway Pipeline? Read More

Alberta power prices set for summer spikes - are you ready for a big price hike? These kinds of fluctuations in utilities can affect cash-flow if you include utilities in your rent.  Jump here

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Love him or loathe him...

Alberta Oil Sands Investment Real Estate News®
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May 14th., 2013
Volume 14, Issue 6

Dear Friends and Partners,

Like him or hate him, Kevin O'Leary delivers some sage advice in his interview below, be certain to read it!

Spring has sprung and with it lots of activity in the housing market. Lots of new listings and for homes that are well prices ($300K-$340K) are selling fast. Townhouses continue to lag in pricing and multifamily are selling fast and for higher prices than last fall.

I have seen tax assessments jump a $100K for small multifamily in target areas - good for what you're holding, bad for what you want to buy.

Get positioned now as there are still bargains out there.


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Lamphier: From the Dragon's mouth: Kevin O'Leary talks oil, government and the Chinese economy

By Gary Lamphier, Edmonton Journal, May 2nd 2013

EDMONTON - He’s the flinty, blunt-spoken star of two hit TV shows: CBC’s Dragons' Den and ABC’s Shark Tank.

Along with business journalist Amanda Lang — whom he calls “the best-looking communist on television” — he also co-hosts CBC’s daily Lang & O’Leary Exchange.

Love him or loathe him — and there are plenty of folks in the latter camp — Kevin O’Leary’s snarling mug is everywhere these days.

Like hockey loudmouth Don Cherry or real estate mogul Donald Trump, O’Leary’s bombastic, in-your-face style has earned him a kind of cult celebrity status.

The founder of The Learning Co., which he sold to Mattel for nearly $4 billion in 1999, O’Leary chairs a billion-dollar mutual fund empire (O’Leary Funds), boasts his own line of award-winning wines (O’Leary Fine Wines), and is the best-selling author of The Cold Hard Truth on Men, Women & Money.  FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE


Alberta Forecast to Lead Economic Growth in 2014

By Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald, April 30th 2013

Alberta's economy will be second to Newfoundland & Labrabor in terms of 2013 growth before leading the country next year, according to a new RBC Economics forecast.
It said Alberta's real growth domestic product will increase 3 per cent this year, with Newfoundland and Labrador at 5.1 per cent. Nationally, growth is forecast to be 1.8 per cent.

The RBC report says Alberta will best all provinces in 2014 with real GDP growth of 4.2 per cent.

Statistics Canada last week said Alberta, for a second straight year, led the country with growth of 3.9 per cent in 2012, compared with 1.8 per cent across the country.  GRAB THIS STORY


International Price Gap for Heavy Oil a Wasted Opportunity for Alberta

By Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, May 2nd 2013
Heavy oil producers are receiving top dollar in international markets, even as Alberta oil sands producers face ongoing frustration in trying to reach the refiners who are eager to process their diluted bitumen.

Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) competes with Canadian heavy oil producers in the Gulf of Mexico, and its heavy Mayan crude is currently priced at $96 (U.S.) a barrel, $5 more than the trendsetting light crude, West Texas Intermediate, and nearly $30 more than Canadian heavy crude was fetching in the North American futures market.  GRAB THIS STORY

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