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Bank of Canada Announcement – April 12, 2023

The Bank of Canada has announced no change to its benchmark interest rate in today's announcement for a second consecutive month as it continues a careful pivot away from its rate-hiking trajectory of the past year.  A further sign that it believes the heavy lifting has been done in efforts to cool the economy and battle inflation. That decision had been widely expected by leading Canadian economists based on a poll by Reuters last week indicating that a majority anticipated the Bank would hold its policy rate steady in this announcement – and leave it unchanged for the remainder of the year – with a small minority even suggesting that a rate cut could be in the cards by the end of 2023. The Bank [...]

By |2023-04-12T15:36:04+00:00April 12th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bank of Canada Announcement – April 12, 2023

Bank of Canada Announcement

Given the slowdown in inflation in the recently released CPI numbers in January, the Bank of Canada has left its overnight target rate unchanged, keeping it at 4.50%. This is the Bank’s first rate hold of this rate-hike cycle, which began in March 2022. The move was expected by markets and is a welcome change to homeowners with Variable-rate or Adjustable-rate mortgages or HELOCS. The Bank indicated “Governing Council will continue to assess economic developments and the impact of past interest rate increases, and is prepared to increase the policy rate further if needed to return inflation to the 2% target. The Bank remains resolute in its commitment to restoring price stability for Canadians.” Bank earnings are under pressure with higher taxes and capital requirements, [...]

By |2023-03-08T18:12:55+00:00March 8th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bank of Canada Announcement

Bank of Canada Announcement

The Bank of Canada has announced another quarter point hike to its benchmark rate.  This is the eighth consecutive rate increase in its mission to curb inflation that had surged to its highest level in nearly 40 years in June of last year.  Read their full announcement There is a growing consensus that the Bank has now reached, or is close to, its terminal rate for this rate-hike cycle. Officials from the Bank of Canada have indicated that its future rate decisions will be driven by economic data. The next announcement will take place March 8, 2023. As noted in Mortgage Professionals Canada’s January 2023 Housing and Mortgage Market Review released Monday, some progress has been made in the fight against record-high inflation. “While borrowers [...]

By |2023-01-25T16:14:32+00:00January 25th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bank of Canada Announcement

Bank of Canada Announcement

The Bank of Canada has raised its overnight target rate by 50 basis points, bringing it to 3.75%. This is the Bank’s sixth consecutive rate hike and was expected by markets. The Bank said interest rates will need to rise further to “restore price stability” for Canadians, but that future moves will be data dependent. “Future rate increases will be influenced by our assessments of how tighter monetary policy is working to slow demand, how supply challenges are resolving, and how inflation and inflation expectations are responding,” the Bank said in its statement accompanying the decision. Banks and other financial institutions are expected to raise their prime rate in the coming days, which will increase rates for variable-rate mortgage holders. Read the full article here

By |2022-10-26T14:46:37+00:00October 26th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bank of Canada Announcement

Autumn has arrived and the markets continue to cool

Home sales in Canada declined for a sixth straight month in August according to the latest report from the Canadian Real Estate Association.  Compared to July the number of properties changing hands dipped by a modest 1.0%, the smallest drop so far.  Year-over-year, sales are down 24.7%. Home prices also continue to slip.  The national average price is down almost 4.0% from last August, at just shy of $638,000.  That is a 20% drop from the peak in February, just before the Bank of Canada started raising interest rates.  Taking Toronto and Vancouver out of the calculation drops the average price to $523,000. CREA’s preferred measure of home prices, the Composite Aggregate Home Price Index, shows a 1.6% drop between July and August.  But year-over-year [...]

By |2022-09-22T16:18:49+00:00September 22nd, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Autumn has arrived and the markets continue to cool

Bank of Canada Announcement

September has arrived and the central bankers are back from their summer vacations. With that they resume setting interest rates and fighting inflation.  Leading up to today market watchers were forecasting an increase of  50 - 75 basis points.  Today at 10am the BoC raised the overnight rate by 75 basis points to 3.25%. They indicated in the announcement that "the economies are evolving broadly in line with their July projection". This increase has pushed the BoC’s trend-setting overnight rate out of its neutral zone and into restrictive territory.  The Bank considers a 2% to 3% rate to be neutral; it neither enhances nor restricts economic growth. Market watchers are now suggesting that we can see the Bank of Canada stay put for the remainder [...]

By |2022-09-07T14:13:22+00:00September 7th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bank of Canada Announcement

Bank of Canada increases overnight rate to 2.50%

As you know, your variable rate mortgage, line of credit and/or student loans are all based on the Prime Rate and here is your personal update on the recent Bank of Canada announcement. If you are like me I've been waiting all morning for this to see what direction the Bank of Canada was going to take.  As of 10AM EST on July 13, 2022, the Bank of Canada has increased their Overnight Rate by a full 1%. This exceeds what most had forecast but, as in the last Bank of Canada update there were indications that there would be a number of increases this year in an effort to combat inflation in the current markets. What's next? This will likely not be the last rate [...]

By |2022-07-13T14:22:21+00:00July 13th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bank of Canada increases overnight rate to 2.50%

Affordability Concerns

With inflation and interest rates continuing to rise there are renewed concerns about housing affordability in Canada. Statistics Canada pegged the inflation rate at 7.7% in May, its highest level in almost 40 years.  That set the stage for further speculation that the Bank of Canada would likely boost its trend-setting interest rate by 75 basis-points at its July setting.  Such a move would put it at 2.25%. The quarterly “Affordability Index” produced by one of Canada’s big banks cites rising interest rates as a key factor in declining affordability.  According to the bank’s measure the affordability index jumped nearly 4 percentage points to 54% in the first quarter.  That is its worst level since the early 1990s.  (Higher number = lower affordability.) The bank [...]

By |2022-06-28T17:58:36+00:00June 28th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Affordability Concerns

Bank of Canada Announcement

Today the Bank of Canada announce they are increasing its trendsetting interest rate by .50% bringing the overnight rate to 1½%.  This is the second consistent oversized increase and third overall for the year so far. It quoted “Inflation globally and in Canada continues to rise, largely driven by higher prices for energy and food. In Canada, CPI inflation reached 6.8% for the month of April – well above the Bank’s forecast – and will likely move even higher in the near term before beginning to ease.”  This will lead to more increases throughout the year. Leading up to today’s announcement we’ve heard many forecasts concerning the outcome for the remainder of the year. Taylor Schleich, National Bank of Canada – with the upside to [...]

By |2022-06-01T15:14:36+00:00June 1st, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bank of Canada Announcement

Bank of Canada maintains policy rate and forward guidance

The Bank of Canada has stayed the course on interest rates in its final scheduled announcement of the year, indicating no change to its projection that its policy rate will rise in the middle quarters of 2022. The central bank said that while it was “closely watching” the inflation issue that has dominated headlines in recent weeks, it would hold its benchmark rate steady at 0.25% with rate hikes likely to begin at some point around the middle of next year. While it said the economy had “considerable momentum” into the fourth quarter, the Bank also noted the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 as a cause of some uncertainty having led to tightened travel restrictions in several countries and a decline in oil prices. The [...]

By |2021-12-08T16:05:21+00:00December 8th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bank of Canada maintains policy rate and forward guidance
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