Tag Archive: BMO


Another Major Bank Cuts its 5-year Posted Rate

A fourth major bank has cut its posted 5-year fixed rate today. This time it’s BMO. The move comes four long months after the 100+ basis-point collapse in 5-year bond yields. Such a delay in reducing posted rates after large, market-wide rate drops is unusual historically speaking, as we’ve explained previously. See the chart below for more perspective. BMO’s cut today has implications...

TD Matches BMO in Variable Rate Battle

One week ago BMO stunned competitors with a record variable-rate discount. Now, one of its juggernaut competitors—TD—is responding. TD has just matched BMO’s special with its own prime – 1.00% offer (“TD prime” – 1.15%, to be exact). That ties BMO for Canada’s lowest variable rate on an uninsured mortgage. Remember, uninsured rates are required if you’re refinancing, buying a home...

BMO’s Door Crasher Variable Rate

BMO has come out swinging with its latest spring promo. The country’s fourth largest bank is advertising a red-hot prime – 1.00% variable. At 2.45% currently, it’s now the best variable rate for refis in the country. This special is also the largest widely advertised big-bank variable discount we’ve ever seen. As of press time, we’re still getting details and...

A New Leader in Mortgage Rate Holds: BMO

BMO now has the longest regular rate guarantee period of any Big 6 Bank. On Tuesday, Canada’s fourth largest bank upped its rate hold period from 90 to 130 days. Prior to that, 120 days was the longest normal rate hold of any big bank. Note: “Normal” rate hold means a rate hold that applies to the lender’s regular rates. Banks...

BMO’s 10-Year Fixed: Not Too Shabby

If you look back over the last 40-odd years, there’s never been a time where a 10-year fixed rate has saved you more than a 5-year fixed. A 10-year term’s rate premium over a 5-year fixed, let alone over a variable, is simply too steep…most of the time. But this time might be different. According to our records, BMO’s 3.49%...