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American Express makes money beating expectations

American Express makes money
American Express makes money

American Express posted much higher fourth quarter earnings, beating forecasts, helped by rising consumer spending and lower credit losses.

The credit card lender and payment network said net income rose to $716 million, or 60 cents a share, from $240 million, or 21 cents a share in the same quarter a year earlier. Stripping out a penny of earnings from discontinued operations, the credit card company earned 59 cents a share. On that basis, analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S had forecast earnings of 57 cents a share. Revenues net of interest expense were roughly flat at $6.5 billion, beating analysts’ forecast of $6.1 billion.

American Express suffered big credit losses in 2008 and 2009 after boosting its lending earlier this decade, but losses began stabilizing last year. The company is now looking to focus its efforts on charge cards, where customers have to pay off the balance every month. In the most recent quarter, provisions for losses slid 47 percent to $748 million. Another major credit card issuer, Capital One Financial Corp also reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analysts’ forecasts.

The McLean, Virigina-based credit card issuer reported net income of $376 million or 83 cents per share, down from $393 million in third quarter 2009. Revenues were $4.4 billion, a 4.7 percent decrease from the same period in 2008.

American Express’ shares rose more than 115 percent last year, handily outpacing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index’s increase of 23 percent, as it turned in earnings throughout the economic downturn and emerged as one of the stronger financial companies. American Express shares were down 1.6 percent in after-hours trading, while Capital One was 1.1 percent lower.

 

 

Canadians ready to help Haiti Earthquake Victims

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Military medics have begun treating Haitian earthquake survivors as the Canadian relief effort continues to expand. For the past two days they have been supporting a Belgian relief team at a makeshift clinic treating overflow patients from a neighbouring hospital. There are currently more than 115 Canadian military personnel in the country busy preparing for the Disaster Assistance Relief Team.

Canadian police officers posted with the UN have been acting as escorts for search and rescue teams. Today, a Dominican operation pulled out an elderly woman who had been pinned in her apartment since Tuesday’s earthquake.Consular officials have so far evacuated more than 500 Canadians, with two planes due to arrive in Canada today.

Million Dollar Business: A License to print MONEY

MONEY.CA a domain name registered by an Ontario Chartered Accountant over 10 years ago has finally come of age. I had thought my time had come and gone, my riches and my best ideas and hardest work would now be in the past. Never give up is the moral of this story as the well qualified C.A. said to me as I called him for over 2 years to talk about the possibility of making the site into what it is supposed to be. Although we had talked many times over the phone and he considered many of my ideas as idle chatter, the one day he said something that surprised and delighted me. James you are are a smart young man and all your ideas are infectious and it seems you have the spirit and ability to accomplish all the things you have mentioned over numerous phone calls and hours of discussion. This gentleman not only insisted that I buy this important domain but to also implement all the good ideas we talked about. The C.A. made it all possible for a very reasonable price of $25,000 and over some period of time was an offer I could not refuse.

I have done a lot of research on my keyword site, I did not know that the word “MONEY” was randomly searched over 36,000 times per month worldwide. That is quite impressive and so is the fact that there are over 1 billion articles of information when searched; only love and sex rated slightly higher.

I soon realized that corporate Canada was buying into the internet as the Internet Advertising Bureau reported last year that the Internet Advertising industry was finally a billion dollar a year industry in Canada.

When I researched further to find that companies like BDO Dunwoody owned www.bankruptcy.ca and TD Bank owned www.insurance.ca and the Bank of Montreal owned www.mortgage.ca I was certain the acquisition of money.ca was a good thing, a very very good thing.

I have thought of many ideas but only one of them would become my overall business plan. How do I make money and what is the best way to go about it. I realized as time goes by the domain itself would grow in value, now I had to ask myself how do I go about implementing my idea or do I just sit around and wait to collect the millions of dollars of return on my investment or do I do the one thing and the right thing and fulfill the destiny of money.ca.

I have indeed thought about it; MONEY.CA may have been one of the priciest domains in Canadian history at $25,000.00 and several high level domain owners have told me that I outright stole it and in actual fact it is worth quite a lot of money a lot more than what I had paid for it.

Upon further research I decided to register Money Canada Limited as a corporation and go ahead and implement some of my well-thought out ideas. Ted Turner had the right idea; CNN and the boys over at Time Warner gave me my official business plan. Without re-inventing the wheel I found that this super-conglomerate that owned MONEY.COM, Time Magazine, Life Magazine and of course MONEY Magazine was quietly spelling out what I should do with my business and business plan. The only thing different was the Canadian content; I would indeed create The MONEY Magazine publication and promote it with MONEY.CA; after registering my company as a magazine in Canada I was the proud owner of a small but meaningful tandem. In January as a recognized associate of Heritage Canada and more precisely the Canadian Magazine Fund, we are now set to go to store shelves and compete with some of the biggest and best conglomerates Canada has with the distribution help of Disticor.

We are creating our own opportunities where there was none, we are no competing with giants and have a chance to win with shear hard work and determination. We will be one of those success stories you hear about once in a while because we will do the right things at the right time.  We have grown our roster of financial writers, bloggers and authors to 40 in less than 1 year and look forward to more controlled and sustainable growth.

If you have any good ideas for our small but growing Canadian company we want to hear from you, your ideas thoughts and information are rather important in the early phase of growth, yet we will never cease to listen carefully to all the feedback we want and expect in order to deliver a better product and service to our customers, MONEY Members and our advertisers.

James Dean

Money Canada Limited

Chrysler Canada: Biggest Winner in Cash for Clunkers

Chrysler Canada Announces Cash for Clunkers and Official Partnership with Retire Your Ride Program

    -   Most aggressive scrappage incentive in Canada
    -   First automaker to partner with government's Retire Your Ride
    -   Up to $1,800 in discounts including $300 Retire Your Ride reward
    -   All new 2009 and 2010 Chrysler Canada vehicles are eligible
    -   Program is on top of current Chrysler Canada "We Build Champions"
        program

    WINDSOR, ON, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - Chrysler Canada today announced the most
aggressive cash for clunkers in the Canadian industry. The current federal
program is being turbo-charged, with Chrysler Canada kicking in $500 to $1,500
over the incentives offered by Retire Your Ride.
    "This is the responsible thing to do," said Reid Bigland, President and
CEO, Chrysler Canada. "Facilitating the removal of these vehicles from the
road is the right move for our country, our health, and our environment. In
many instances the turned-in vehicles release 19 times more smog than a
current model year vehicle. As a result, Chrysler Canada is proud to offer the
most aggressive scrappage incentive in the Canadian industry, and we are
pleased to be the first official Retire Your Ride automotive partner."
    Consistent with the federal government's program, qualifying customers
must be owners of a 1995 or older model year vehicle that is in running
condition and has been registered and insured in Canada for the previous
consecutive six or twelve months, depending on the province.
    To date, 13,000 Canadians have done the right thing and turned in their
old vehicle under the Retire Your Ride program. Chrysler Canada salutes these
individuals, and encourages them to visit any of our 440 Chrysler, Jeep(R), or
Dodge dealerships and receive an additional $500 to $1,500 in savings towards
their purchase. Full program details are available at:
www.chryslercanada.ca/cashforclunkers.
    "The best part of this program is that it gets old vehicles off Canadian
roads, and then Canadians can use this incentive towards the purchase of any
new Chrysler, Jeep, or Dodge product," said Dave Buckingham, Vice President of
Sales, Chrysler Canada. "There are no product exclusions, and customers can
select the vehicle that best suits their needs and lifestyle."
    Chrysler Canada's cash for clunkers is in addition to its current "We
Build Champions" program, which combines strong cash discounts with purchase
financing from zero per cent, resulting in exceptional offers on the company's
award-winning, fuel-efficient vehicles.
    For example, by combining Chrysler Canada's incentive offerings with the
government's Retire Your Ride reward, customers can get into Canada's most
fuel-efficient SUV - the 2009 Jeep Patriot - for only $14,795.
    "Everyone wins - the environment, the economy and Canadians, who don't
have to get 'smoked out' driving behind one of these junkers ever again,"
Bigland concluded.
    The partnership with Retire Your Ride is a further example of Chrysler
Canada's strong commitment to the environment, energy consumption, alternative
fuels and the development of fuel-efficient technologies.
    "Every day, over one hundred Canadians are participating in Retire Your
Ride, preventing tonnes of smog-forming emissions and doing their part to
protect the Canadian environment," said Fatima Dharsee, Executive Director of
the Clean Air Foundation which administers the Federal Retire Your Ride
program. "To have Chrysler Canada join Retire Your Ride as a new reward
partner means being able to offer Canadians one more reason to move toward a
cleaner transportation alternative."
    Chrysler Canada offers 17 vehicles achieving 30 mpg (9.4 litre/100 km)
highway fuel economy or better, and six vehicles achieving 40 mpg (7.0
litre/100 km) highway fuel economy or better. In 2009, 73 per cent of the
company's vehicles offer improved fuel economy compared with the corresponding
2008 models. Chrysler Canada's new cash for clunkers brings the country and
the company one step closer to achieving our goal of a cleaner, brighter
future.

    Retire Your Ride is a national program designed and dedicated to
efficiently retiring 1995 model year or older vehicles in an environmentally
responsible manner, in an effort to improve air quality and encourage the use
of sustainable transportation. For any media inquiries related to Clean Air
Foundation or Retire Your Ride please contact Stephanie Nadalin, Optimum Media
Relations 416-306-6561.

    Additional information and news from Chrysler is available at
http://www.media.chrysler.com.

For further information: Mary Gauthier, (519) 973-2253 (office), (519)
984-1396 (cell), meg4@chrysler.com

Hyundai Canada: Competing with MONEY incentives.

Depending on the vehicle, Hyundai’s Clean Air Commitment offers
between $500 to $1,000 of additional savings to top up the incentives
available through the federal government’s Retire Your Ride program,
which offers $300 for qualifying vehicles as well as other incentives
towards sustainable transportation.  This “Clean Air Cash” is
applied to the purchase of a new, more fuel-efficient Hyundai, and is in
addition to the company’s current incentive programs.

As part of its environmental goal  to help clean the air we breathe today and into the future, Hyundai Auto
Canada Corp. today announced the Clean Air Commitment – a financial
top-up of up to $1,000 on the federal government’s scrappage program
whose aim is to get the oldest, worst-polluting vehicles off the road
and encourage Canadians to select more sustainable transportation
alternatives.  While programs such as this are gaining prominence for
their effectiveness worldwide, Hyundai is the first auto manufacturer in
Canada to launch such a top-up program.

“Hyundai is committed to clean air in Canada,” said Steve Kelleher,
president and CEO, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. “Our Clean Air Commitment
is about our responsibility to deliver a harmonious balance between
vehicles and the environment; it’s about clean air now and for the
future.  Reducing vehicle emissions has a direct impact on the air we
breathe, so helping to remove older, more-polluting vehicles from the
road just makes sense.  It’s something we can do today to immediately
impact our environment.  We think that’s pretty smart.”

Ford:money-back on 2004 or older trade-ins

Canadian Ford consumers turning in 15-year-old or older vehicles for recycling will get up to $3,000 toward the purchase of a new Ford product, the company announced Wednesday.

Ford’s program ––a joint venture with the Clean Air Foundation –– builds on the Canadian government’s Retire Your Ride initiative which offers $300 and other benefits to eligible participants, the company said.

“No one is offering more incentive to ‘Recycle Your Ride’ than Ford,” said David Mondragon, president and CEO, Ford of Canada. “People who might otherwise not be able to buy a new car can now afford the latest in vehicle safety, fuel economy and smart technology.”

According to the foundation, on average, a 1995 model year or older car emits 19 times more smog-forming emissions than a 2004 or newer car.

“This market stimulus puts more disposable income back in the hands of hard working Canadians who need help in today’s economy.  It’s a win-win-win for the consumer, the economy and the environment,” said Mondragon.

Ford’s program comes on the heel of similar scrap incentives announced by Chrysler Group LLC and Hyundai.

The industry as well as the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association have been lobbying the federal government to match at U.S. program which offer consumers rebates up up to $4,500.

Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice said he would make a decision by Sept. 1 on whether to expand Retire Your Ride, but so far, no changes have been announced.

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Ford Canada latest to offer cash for clunkers

Microsoft Money Canada Final Activation Date

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