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Oct 31, 2012

Scotiabank names Porter president, seen as heir apparent

Oct 31 (Reuters) – Bank of Nova Scotia has
appointed Brian Porter to the role of president, Canada’s No. 3
bank said on Wednesday, a move that suggests he will eventually
succeed longtime Chief Executive Rick Waugh.

Porter, 54, who joined the Toronto-based bank in 1981, is
currently group head of its strategically important
international banking division, which has operations in about 50
countries through Latin America and Asia.

Oct 26, 2012

Moody’s warns may downgrade five big Canadian banks

NEW YORK/TORONTO, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Moody’s Investors
Service warned on Friday it could cut its ratings on five top
Canadian banks on concerns about a softening economy and
volatile capital markets, a blow to a banking system named the
soundest in the world four years in a row.

But the outlook for the sector is no longer as rosy, Moody’s
said, because of the risks presented by the macroeconomic
environment and a business mix that leans heavily on domestic
mortgages and other consumer lending.

Oct 26, 2012

Fairfax’s Watsa still avoids stocks despite hedging loss

TORONTO, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Prem Watsa, investment guru and
chief executive of Fairfax Financial Holding Ltd, said
on Friday the time is not right to undo Fairfax’s equity hedges
even as the insurance company loses money due to recent strong
stock markets.

Watsa, who made billions for Fairfax by correctly calling
the 2008 financial crisis, fully hedged the company’s equity
exposure in 2010 in anticipation of a prolonged market funk.
His strategy has led to choppy quarterly results for Fairfax as
markets have fluctuated.

Oct 17, 2012

Analysis – Canada house appraisal tool seen skewing values

TORONTO (Reuters) – A Canadian database that allows mortgage lenders to appraise a property quickly before writing a loan may have overvalued homes in the country’s sizzling housing markets and could raise the risk of a devastating U.S.-style crash.

Some experts worry it puts lenders and mortgage insurers in a vulnerable position should the hot housing markets of Toronto, Vancouver and other big cities experience a hard landing.

Sep 14, 2012

Assange film “Underground” focuses on early years in Australia

TORONTO (Reuters) – When Australian film director Robert Connolly went looking for some truth about WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, he didn’t turn to government documents or leaked emails of the sort that Assange’s website is famous for making public.

Instead, he focused on Assange’s past as a teenage hacker and young father growing up in suburban Melbourne, Australia, more than a decade before the launch of the website that has made him both famous and notorious.

Sep 11, 2012

Bill Murray as FDR? Yup, and the critics like it

TORONTO (Reuters) – Funnyman Bill Murray long ago mastered the ability to wring laughs by saying absurd things in a matter-of-fact tone, but even he was caught off guard when first approached to play Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the new film “Hyde Park on Hudson.”

“I thought ‘Oh God, I’m being asked to play Roosevelt?’ … How do you take this monster on?,” he said.

Sep 11, 2012

RBC shuffles units, forms custodial segment

TORONTO, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Royal Bank of Canada
said on Tuesday it would rearrange its business units in the
hopes of boosting growth in its investor services segment and
speeding the recovery of its underperforming Caribbean unit.

The bank, Canada’s largest, will dissolve its international
banking unit, following the sale of its U.S. retail bank, a deal
that closed earlier this year. The shuffle will take effect Oct.
31.

Sep 7, 2012

Toronto Film Fest showcases literary tried and true

TORONTO (Reuters) – Call it renewed appreciation for literary classics or merely further evidence of Hollywood shying away from unproven material, but this year’s Toronto Film Festival slate is heavy with literary adaptations, some of which may make a splash during Oscar season.

“Cloud Atlas,” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” both based on recent best-sellers, are among the most eagerly anticipated titles set to unspool at the festival, which is considered part of the opening bell for the Hollywood awards season.

Jul 29, 2012

Life insurers to come up short as market drifts

TORONTO, July 29 (Reuters) – A sluggish stock market is
hitting Canada’s life insurers with a double whammy, as this
week’s quarterly reports from Manulife Financial Corp
and its competitors will once again demonstrate to the chagrin
of their shareholders.

Manulife, Canada’s largest life insurer, will likely post a
loss for the second quarter, while its two main competitors -
Great-West Lifeco Inc and Sun Life Financial Inc
– look set to report lower profits, in part because of
the weakness of financial markets during the reporting period.

Jul 24, 2012

Toronto film festival promises action, India, Affleck

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Toronto International Film Festival promises a heavy dose of popcorn movies on a slate normally noted for Oscar contenders, opening with time-travel thriller “Looper” and featuring premieres of films directed by Ben Affleck, Robert Redford and Tom Twyker.

Opening on September 6 and widely considered a kick-off to Hollywood’s Oscar season, the 37th edition of the festival will feature films starring Ryan Gosling, Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro, as well as Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut and many movies from India.