Categories for Bank of Canada

“We’re in a Deep Hole:” BoC Governor

— The Mortgage Report : June 16 — Tiff on the Hot Seat: In his first news public hearing since being minted as BoC Governor, Tiff Macklem got pelted with questions from MPs. Among his notable statements: “The biggest risk to Canadians not being able to repay their mortgage is not having a job.” “…We’re in a deep hole and...

Bank of Canada to Remain in Neutral

Quick Summary Today’s Announcement:No change to rates Overnight rate:0.25% Prime Rate:2.45% (no change; seePrime Rate) Market Rate Forecast:No BoC hikes until 2022 BoC’s Headline Quote:“…The Canadian economy appears to have avoided the most severe scenario…” BoC on the Economy:“…The Bank expects the economy to resume growth in the third quarter.” BoC’s Full Statement:Click here Next Rate Meeting:July 15, 2020 The...

Mortgage Penalties Make News…Again

The Mortgage Report – June 1 Penalty Boxed: Despite a horrid mortgage market in Q2, banks still booked $5 billion in profits. But they aren’t cutting people much slack on mortgage penalties, even folks who break their mortgage early due to COVID-related income loss—as this CBC story chronicles. Banks have some great mortgage products (e.g., BMO’s Cash Account, Scotiabank’s STEP,...

One of Three Things Must Occur for Record Low Mortgage Rates

The Mortgage Report – May 31 And One of Them’s Bad: If you’re rooting for lower mortgage rates, one of the following must happen: Bond yields must drop to record lows Bond yields steer fixed mortgage rates and are largely a reflection of Canada’s economic (inflation) outlook Rooting for economic pain—so mortgage rates fall—isn’t exactly a patriotic sentiment, so we’d...

Daily Mortgage Report – May 1

Tiff Gets the Nod: Canada’s most important banker will soon be Tiff Macklem. Effective June 3, he’s taking over for Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz. We’ll hear Macklem at BoC rate announcements for the next seven years and already he’s moving markets. Following his appointment Friday, he spoke of: downside risks to the economic recovery the fact that negative...

Bank of Canada Leaves Key Rate at 0.25%

After slashing rates three times in March and buying billions in bond market instruments to further suppress interest rates, the Bank of Canada pressed <Pause> today. Here’s what happened and how mortgagors should respond. Rate Announcement:No change Overnight rate:0.25% Prime Rate:2.45% (seePrime Rate) Market Rate Forecast:No change until at least 2022 BoC’s Headline Quote:“The Bank’s Governing Council stands ready to...

Bank of Canada Cuts Rates Again

The Bank of Canada has slashed its key rate for the third time this month, using what many think are its last rounds of monetary policy ammunition.

Fed Shocks Market With Sunday Emergency Rate Cut

The world’s most powerful central bank has slashed its main interest rate by one whole percentage point. This is the U.S. Federal Reserve’s largest emergency cut in its 100+ year history. The move is a desperate bid to keep money markets functioning and stimulate borrowing and economic activity. Malls, restaurants, bars, factories, sports seasons, schools, international borders and even Vegas casinos are...

No Word on Prime Rate + Other Major Mortgage News

Our Big 6 Banks chose not to announce their prime rates following Friday’s surprise Bank of Canada rate drop. Instead, people in a floating rate mortgage or HELOC must wait to learn how the BoC’s move will impact their budgets. Banks could take a few days or more than a week. This isn’t unheard of. Back in 2015, when the...

Bank of Canada Makes Emergency Rate Cut

The Bank of Canada has made an unscheduled emergency rate cut for the first time since the 2009 financial crisis. Today, it dropped its overnight rate half a point to 0.75%, its second 50-bps cut in nine days. In a statement, the BoC said: “It is clear that the spread of the coronavirus is having serious consequences for Canadian families,...