When it comes to globally known super-brands, Americans could be forgiven for thinking the U.S. of A. has a lock on all the most valuable names. But some of the world's most valuable brands are not only owned by foreign companies, they are names many of us have probably never even heard of.
Canadian banks fared well during the financial crisis and global recession thanks to their prudent management and the country's prudent regulations. But in a saturated market, what can they do with all the capital they've accumulated? Expand south of the border into the U.S., of course.
Black Friday has come and gone and the holiday shopping season is off and running. In addition to keeping on eye on how retailers are doing, there will be plenty of economic data for analysts and investors to peruse on this week. Highlights include new numbers on manufacturing, employment and new vehicle sales.