The Rich Pages

Website for Richard Chu, a Vancouver-based journalist and photographer

Some of my latest work & commentary

TOP PAID EXECUTIVES: B.C. shareholders take aim at C-suite pay versus company performance

Posted: July 22, 2013

My story on how executive pay for B.C.'s corporate elite dips as discordant chorus of investors votes against generous compensation packages.

PROFILE: Paulo Maia: Bank role

Posted: July 16, 2013

My profile of HSBC Bank Canada's new CEO.

SUSTAINABILITY: Investors grapple with ethics of Chinese companies

Posted: July 2, 2013

My story from the annual industry conference on sustainable and socially responsible investing trends.

B.C. BUDGET: Slowing economy threatens surplus, $30m spending cuts needed

Posted: June 27, 2013

My news story after the media lock-up on the first quarterly budget update from the Ministry of Finance.

EMPLOYMENT: Overly optimistic job expectations in Alberta

Posted: June 25, 2013

My Data Points column on the risks in Alberta's job market for B.C. residents leaving to Wild Rose country for "better" employment.

CORPORATE FINANCE: Accounting merger could help cut red tape

Posted: June 25, 2013

My story on the merger of the three accounting professions in B.C.

CORPORATE FINANCE: Corporate penny-pinching contributing to Canada's productivity gap

Posted: June 18, 2013

My story on how inadequate corporate investment is deepening the country's productivity deficit and denying Canadian workers the tools they need.

CORPORATE FINANCE: Decade of growth for B.C.'s top public companies

Posted: May 28, 2013

My story accompanying my list of Top 100 Public Companies in B.C. with an companion story on their profitability.

CORPORATE FINANCE: Big B.C. business booming despite diminishing numbers

Posted: May 28, 2013

My story accompanying my list of Top 100 Private Companies in B.C. that look at the threat the decline in the number of head offices has on B.C.'s economic prosperity.

PERSONAL FINANCE: Majority of Canadians have yet to embrace online investing

Posted: May 28, 2013

My story on how Cyberspace remains the final frontier for many Canadian investors.

PERSONAL FINANCE: Delusions of household wealth on the rise in Canada

Posted: May 28, 2013

My story on how Canadians, and B.C. residents in particular, aren't richer than they think.

SECURITIES: Proposed bylaw to pre-empt shareholder ambushes

Posted: May 28, 2013

My story on how more Canadian public companies are securing approvals for bylaw changes requiring shareholders to give advance notice of boardroom nominations.

PROFILE: Brett Hodson: Systematic expansion

Posted: May 14, 2013

My profile of Corix's president and CEO who continues ambitious plans to operate utilities infrastructure in every state and province in North America while based in Vancouver.

SECURITIES: Regulators close loopholes for activist shareholders

Posted: May 14, 2013

My story on how aggressive U.S. hedge funds may have a more difficult time shaking up Canadian public company management with new rules being proposed by Canada's securities regulators.

ELECTION 2013: B.C. vote in advance in record numbers

Posted: May 11, 2013

My blog posting on advance voter turnout in the 2013 election showing just how many more eligible voters decided to vote ahead of election day on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Includes a breakdown by riding.

ELECTION 2013: Economic cycle clouding policy impact

Posted: May 7, 2013

My Data Points column looking at the political impact of B.C.'s economic cycle.

TECH: B.C.'s tech sector a job growth leader in 2013

Posted: May 7, 2013

BC's technology sector is bucking the provincial job trend and growing like gangbusters.

ELECTION 2013: B.C. voters can commiserate or celebrate affordably

Posted: April 30, 2013

If the polls prove correct, a plurality of B.C. voters will be celebrating their electoral victory May 14, but the majority will be lamenting their loss.

ELECTION 2013: NDP's financial institution tax plan panned

Posted: April 23, 2013

Bank, credit union growth at risk under proposal, says industry

BANKING: TD bets big on coin-counting machines

Posted: April 9, 2013

My story on TD Canada Trust's massive B.C. roll out of coin-counting machines. Included was a Google Map I created with all the locations from all banks and credit unions in B.C. that have them

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS: British Columbia companies go on buying spree

Posted: April 2, 2013

My annual review of the biggest M&A deals involving B.C. companies. Included is my researched list of the biggest mergers and acquisitions and biggest stock and debt deals in 2012.

REAL ESTATE: Home ownership helping offset B.C.'s high cost of living

Posted: April 2, 2013

My analysis of Statistics Canada inflation data that shows the cost of owning a home has fallen in B.C. while renters have not faired as well.

INVESTING: Trading action down, but online investing up

Posted: April 2, 2013

My interview with BMO Investorline's CEO looking at the latest trends in online investing in Canada and B.C.

CORPORATE FINANCE: Surrey firm managing financial risk

Posted: March 26, 2013

My story about Surrey's FINCAD about the software company's challenges and opportunities stemming from the global financial crisis and increasing global regulations of financial institutions.

REAL ESTATE: Cash flow still key to investment real estate

Posted: March 19, 2013

My annual look at B.C.'s investment/commercial real estate market, tied to my list of the biggest real estate deals of 2012.

PROFILE: Doce Tomic: Wealth health

Posted: March 12, 2013

My profile of the president and CEO of Vancouver-based Credential Financial, the wealth management arm of Canada's credit union system.

ELECTION 2013: What have the liberals done for B.C. lately?

Posted: February 19, 2013

My in depth feature looking at the state of B.C.'s economy under the Liberals. Part 1 of a two-part feature written with Jenny Wagler.

PERSONAL FINANCE: Vancouverites least prepared for a rainy day

Posted: February 1, 2013

A three-part finance column on the perilous state of household finances in B.C.

BEER: Craft breweries in B.C. taking bigger market share

Posted: January 29, 2013

My story accompanying the list of biggest breweries in B.C. analyzing beer sales data.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE: Small B.C. business, big Thai impact

Posted: January 29, 2013

Wrote a story about one of B.C.'s many coffee companies based in Vancouver, Doi Chaang Coffee Company. Been around for half a dozen years, but really making an impact for the hill tribe people in Thailand.

FINANCE: Interview with the president of the CFA Institute

Posted: January 22, 2013

Had a chance to interview the president of the CFA Institute, the global corporate finance body that oversees the "Chartered Financial Analyst" designation. Spoke primarily about the key challenges facing the global finance industry.


Posted: January 13, 2013

It's been a few years since I last updated my website, but, it seems fitting to give it a facelift at the tenth anniversary of having an online presence with my own domain name:, and also nearly a decade for me to be in journalism.

Aside from the upfront changes, this is my simple attempt at a website incorporating "responsive design" (a technical term for a website that dynamically changes to fit the dimensions of the device viewing the website. This will undoubtedly be a work in progress over time.

Like the previous versions of my website, I have my resume and portfolio of work available. I've added a brief biography to the website. Hopefully, I'll be able to update my site more often than I did before. But being on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and a other social media, it'll be easy to stay in touch and find what my latest projects are.

FINANCE: Interview with the president of the TSX Venture Exchange

Posted: January 8, 2013

Over the Christmas holidays, I had the opportunity to interview John McCoach, president of the TSX Venture Exchange, having a fairly wide-ranging conversation about the state of the junior capital markets in Canada.

SPENDING: "The cost of a merry Christmas could weigh down a happy new year"

Posted: January 2, 2013

A personal finance column on the potential impact of exuberant consumer spending in B.C.

ECONOMY: Outlook 2013: B.C. economic growth forecast to outpace national average

Posted: January 2, 2013

Front page BIV news feature on the prospects for the B.C. economy in the coming year. Crystal ball stories are always fun, to get a peak at what leading analysts are thinking, and then going back at the end of the year to reflect on how it all panned out.

INVESTING: "B.C. investors ride emotional rollercoaster at their financial peril"

Posted: December 11, 2012

My take on the rather surprising results of a BMO survey that suggests B.C. investors are nowhere near as informed and sophisticated as they should be.

PHILANTHROPY: "Dissecting donor demographics"

Posted: December 4, 2012

A 'by the numbers' look at B.C.'s donor base for non-profits and registered charities in the province. This was part of BIV's list of Top 100 Charities in BC I compiled that looks at the largest health, social, educational and environmental charities, (ranked by total expenditures) and the largest foundations in B.C. (ranked by total assets). This year's theme seemed to focus on donor relations after years of challenges the charitable sector has faced over financial accountability, which I have written about in the past.

TRADE: B.C. exports expected to boom in the Year of the Snake

Posted: November 27, 2012

I took into account various doomsday prophecies in one of the first 2013 economic forecasts for B.C..

PHILANTHROPY: "Corporate charity support remains near decade high"

Posted: November 27, 2012

Not sure if anyone else had ever done a list like this, but I put together BIV's first list of the biggest corporate donors in B.C. My brief overview accompanying the list showed that corporate giving to the community remained strong in Canada, despite the downturn from the global financial crisis.

PROFILE: "John Nicola: Financial interest"

Posted: November 27, 2012

A profile of one of B.C.'s many independent (i.e. non-bank affiliated) wealth management firms. For someone who owns a firm that manages $2 billion in client assets, I found him incredibly straight forward and down-to-earth. I guess that comes from his rocker background? :-)

FINANCE: "B.C. firms hitting profit plateau"

Posted: November 20, 2012

It was around this time that concerns were being voiced in various global business stories about the long-term prospects of corporate profitability globally. Most had done fairly well in the years after the 2008 financial crisis, primarily by cutting costs. Half a decade later, profits would seem to be plateauing, and that's what appeared to be happening in 2012 according to my look at more than 200 B.C. public companies. Unfortunately, Statistics Canada data suggested this was happening across the board, not just in B.C.

POLITICS: "Working with U.S. "political arsonists" for Canadian interests"

Posted: November 13, 2012

I had some great interviews for my U.S. election feature, and decided to write a column to incorporate some of the parts that didn't fit the main feature. Chris Sands, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a visiting distinguished professor at Western Washington University was facinating to talk to and had some very colorful things to say.

U.S. ELECTION: "Who's best for B.C.? "

Posted: November 6, 2012

My big feature on the impact the outcome of the U.S. presidential election would have on B.C. I had fun diving into this story, looking at what would happen if Mitt Romney won or if Barack Obama would win a second term as America's first black president. Being in the U.S. on election day, I was probably as surprised as everyone else at the wide margin President Obama won in the electoral college.


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