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Even as financial commentators on CNBC are starting to come around to the idea of a bottom in oil prices, the key question for US oil producers remains one of timing. How long will the oil price slump last? Is this a relatively short term event like 2008, or a longer term slump like the one in the

One of the biggest issues gripping the prospective new presidents of the United States this election season is that of the Restoration of the Wire Act. The act, which would be an update to the Federal Wire Act of 1961, would seek to actively end all online gambling in the United States.

It’s a move that’s been backed by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, and is particularly interesting given just how limited online gambling is in the United States at the moment, compared to how well the industry is doing in Canada, particularly, Toronto.  

Online gambling, or iGaming, has been a prominent business in Toronto ever since its inception just over a decade ago. It involves accessing sites which give players the chance to play online versions of popular casino games from table games such as poker to online slots. Many sites offer players special offers and free bets or spins, while others focus on another growing sector: sports betting.

Today, the business makes around $50 to $75 million for the government annually, with many of these funds coming from established companies in the Toronto region. It is for this reason that many other areas of Canada are now looking to move towards regulated online gambling – for example, there were only four months between a provincial gambling regulator issuing a request for proposals in Ontario and their sites going live.

Similarly, Alberta’s gaming commission asked vendors for proposals to run government-regulated online gaming back in February. The move could be completed as soon as this month. By comparison, it seems the United States is sitting on what could be a hugely lucrative opportunity, particularly if they choose to pass the Restoration of the Wire Act.

They only need to look over at Europe as an example of how profitable regulated online gambling can be – for example, Uptown Aces welcomes players from around the world thanks to its variety of payment methods. Today’s online gambling sites are becoming more innovative than ever, re-creating the land-based casino experience and taking it one step further with interactive games that can be enjoyed by anyone over the legal age.

Gambling is hugely popular amongst Canadians, with 75 per cent of adult gamers gambling last year alone. It is of no surprise, then, that the industry should be shifting towards a more digital approach, akin to the music and photography industries before it. The future looks bright for iGaming in Canada, and it’s certainly something which the United States could learn from. 

The High Cost of Tax Free Savings Accounts   recent study by the Broadbent Institute looks at the impact of the Harper Government's Tax Free Savings Accounts on federal tax revenue.  These plans were first introduced in 2009 and initially allowed Canadians to contribute $5000 annually, a level that was increased to $5,500
When oil prices recover-and plenty of analysts think the climb back up will start soon-Canada's western frontier of Saskatchewan and neighboring Alberta will 'still have the edge', according to a report from TD Economics.

Depressed oil prices may have skewed the view from Canada's
Who Has Benefitted From Quantitative Easing?   A fascinating recent paper by Juan Montecino and Gerald Epstein at the Institute for New Economic Thinking looks at who has been the real beneficiary of the Federal Reserve's money printing mania since 2008.   As we are all
A Look at Canada's Deficit and Debt History   With the Harper government about to unveil its belated 2015 - 2016 budget, I thought that we should take this opportunity to look back in history and see how the Harper government's budgetary habits have compared to those of past federal governments.  For this posting, I have sourced my
Last night the EIA once again capitulated on the myth that rig counts don't matter and the productivity of wells would largely offset, leaving the industry on a continuous path to higher output. The current consensus of 500,000 B/D additional growth in 2015 US production now appears very much at

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