KeatsConnelly Cross-Border Weekly Best of the Web 2015-3-27

web-search-greyEvery week we share news stories, blog articles and other interesting stuff from around the web that received the most views, shares, comments and overall interest on various KeatsConnelly social media outlets.

This week we begin with an article sharing good news on potential administrative easing of US-Canada ground border crossing, the offer an interesting piece on how to approach variable rate loans, and finish with a view on the strength of the US dollar.

Canada-U.S. deal will expand customs prescreening for travellers (  – Ottawa and Washington will introduce legislation to allow customs officers to prescreen travellers who are crossing the border by bus, train or boat, as part of a long-delayed agreement aimed at reducing waiting times. The deal announced Monday will replace a current agreement that allows only air travellers to be prescreened at eight Canadian airports before entering the United States. The goal of expanding the system to land and water crossings is to reduce bottlenecks and make it easier for more people to travel between the Canada and the United States, officials from both countries said…

Ask These Questions When Considering a Variable Rate Loan ( – It’s an age-old option: fixed vs. variable rate. With fixed rates, you can lock in a decent price. With variable rates, you can take advantage of a better price, but that price could change. Fixed seems like the safe bet, but if you’re up for a little risk, here’s what you should consider before agreeing to a variable rate. Over at CommonBond, writer Kaitlin Butler focuses on fixed vs. variable rate loans. But it’s not just loans that offer variable or fixed rates. Your electricity rate, credit card interest, and even your cable package might offer a fixed or variable option. And some of Butler’s advice could apply to any fixed vs. variable scenario. She points to three important questions to ask a lender or other provider before agreeing to a variable rate…

HSBC: This Is The Beginning of the End of the U.S. Dollar’s Bull Run ( – In a note to clients, HSBC’s David Bloom argues that the U.S. dollar’s bull run is nearing its end. There are five main points to the argument…

Come back next week for more interesting news and articles. Enjoy your weekend!

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