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This week: The Canada Revenue Agency experienced a technical issue in processing the returns of Canadians who opened a first home savings account (FHSA) in 2023, delaying the tax refunds for some individuals by up to a month. The U.S. Department of Justice and 15 states on Thursday sued Apple, accusing it of driving up prices for smartphones and charging business partners, like credit card firms, in ways that ultimately raise prices for consumers. And Lululemon annual revenue and profit numbers came in below expectations on Thursday as demand waned for its high-end cozy clothes.

Also: Lululemon wasn’t the only clothing brand in the news, Japan did something for the first time in a long time and Canadians are happy, relatively speaking.

1The embattled board of directors at Gildan Activewear confirmed this week that it:
a. Plans to sell off the Montreal-based company’s head office building
b. Is granting board seats to dissident shareholders
c. Is rehiring its former chief executive
d. Is putting the entire company up for sale

d. Is putting the entire company up for sale. Gildan has been at war since the board dismissed the company’s long-time chief executive, Glenn Chamandy, in December. Several of the company’s biggest shareholders want to replace the board and reinstate Mr. Chamandy.

2Japan did something this week it hasn’t done for 17 years. It:
a. Raised interest rates
b. Balanced its budget
c. Increased old age security payments
d. Experienced more births than deaths

a. Raised interest rates. The Bank of Japan became the last of the world’s central banks to say goodbye to negative interest rates when it raised rates this week. However, its move, which ended eight years of negative interest rates in Japan, still leaves short-term rates around zero.

3The World Happiness Report published its 2024 edition this week. How did Canada rank among 143 countries in this global survey of life satisfaction?
a. Among the top 10
b. Between 10 and 20
c. Between 20 and 30
d. Between 30 and 40

b. Between 10 and 20. Canada came in at No. 15, well below No. 1 Finland, but higher than Britain (No. 20), the United States (No. 23) or Germany (No. 24).

4Royal Bank of Canada parted ways this week with its:
a. Chief financial officer
b. Chief legal officer
c. Chief administrative and strategy officer
d. Chief technology officer

c. Chief administrative and strategy officer. The departure of Christoph Knoess raises questions about how RBC is progressing on two big challenges – cutting costs at newly acquired HSBC Canada and addressing problems at Los Angeles-based City National Bank.

5Which two countries surprised financial markets this week with unexpectedly low consumer-inflation readings?
a. Canada and Britain
b. Canada and United States
c. United States and Japan
d. Canada and Germany

a. Canada and Britain. Inflation in Canada and Britain came in below expectations, suggesting that central banks in both countries may soon be in a position to cut interest rates.

6Hermès, the French maker of extravagantly priced fashion goods, is being sued in California over allegations it:
a. Pays celebrities to carry its famed Birkin handbag
b. Misrepresents where Birkin handbags are made
c. Refuses to disclose whether leather from endangered species is used in its Birkin handbags
d. Sells Birkin handbags only to customers it deems worthy

d. Sells Birkin handbags only to customers it deems worthy. Two California residents allege Hermès allows only customers with “sufficient purchase history” to buy Birkin handbags. If true, the practice would violate U.S. antitrust law by tying the sale of one item to the purchase of another.

7A court in Montenegro initially confirmed this week that Do Kwon, known as the “cryptocurrency king,” will be handed over to his native South Korea to stand trial for his role in the collapse of a US$40-billion crypto empire, only to later suspend his extradition. One of Mr. Kwon’s best-known digital tokens was the:
a. Luna
b. Jupiter
c. Bitcoin-plus
d. Alphacoin

a. Luna. Mr. Kwon is also wanted by U.S. federal prosecutors for his role in the collapse of Terraform Labs.

8The Competition Bureau is taking aim at Cineplex, Canada’s biggest movie exhibitor, for:
a. Cornering the market in foreign-language films
b. Selling overpriced popcorn
c. Showing some movies only in premium-priced theatres
d. Charging extra to buy tickets online

d. Charging extra to buy tickets online. The Competition Bureau says the extra $1.50 charge for online tickets is a form of deceptive marketing because consumers don’t see the full price. Instead, they see a ticking clock that pressures them to complete the purchase.

9A landmark agreement reached this month in the United States will slash the commission fees charged by:
a. Car salespeople
b. Pharmacists
c. Real estate agents
d. Stockbrokers

c. Real estate agents. U.S. home sellers had filed lawsuits that challenged commissions of 6 per cent on most residential property sales. The settlement – which has been described as “seismic” in its implications -- could slash fees on the average homes sale by US$5,000 to US$13,000.

10How much, roughly speaking, did Ottawa-based Shopify pay its chief executive Tobi Lutke in stock awards in February?
a. $50-million
b. $100-million
c. $200-million
d. $500-million

c. $200-million. The award of options and restricted shares to the Shopify chief is one of the largest compensation packages in Canadian history. It has divided opinion, with some experts asking why Mr. Lutke is getting such a big reward when Shopify shares remain well below the highs they reached in 2021.

11Securities regulators take a dim view of “AI washing.” What is it?
a. Using AI to generate fake documents
b. Claiming AI is driving investment decisions when it really isn’t
c. Citing AI models of “optimal performance” in setting executive pay
d. Attributing a company’s setbacks in other areas to “AI development”

b. Claiming AI is driving investment decisions when it really isn’t. Regulators are cracking down on companies that make deceptive claims about how they are using AI. This week, for instance, Toronto-based Delphia Technologies agreed to pay a US$225,000 fine to settle charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC says Delphia falsely claimed it was using AI to make better investing decisions.

12Unilever, the giant European food and personal care group, gave its stock a boost this week by announcing it was getting out of:
a. The skin cream business
b. The ice cream business
c. The shaving cream business
d. The cream of wheat business

b. The ice cream business. Unilever plans to spin off its ice cream business, which includes the Ben & Jerry’s and Magnum brands. The move is part of a three-year cost-cutting strategy, which aims to shed about 7,500 jobs worldwide.

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