Tag Archive: HSBC


HSBC’s 0.99% Mortgage Rate Stirs Up Market

—The Mortgage Report: Dec 7— HSBC’s 0.99% variable-rate special remains the talk of the industry. Consumers have noticed, too. Online mortgage searches are up nearly 50% in the last week, according to Google Trends. Here’s more of the latest on HSBC’s headline-making offer: January 3, 2021, is officially the last day to apply, according to HSBC’s terms and conditions. It’s...

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Sub-1% Mortgage Rates Come to Canada, Courtesy of HSBC

Never in history has a Canadian bank advertised a mortgage rate with a zero to the left of the decimal point. Fortunately, there’s a first for everything. Effective December 4, 2020, HSBC Canada—who’s made a name undercutting its big bank competition—is launching the lowest rate in Canadian history: 0.99%. This is a milestone rate, akin to landmark rates like BMO’s...

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Atrocious Renewal Offers

—The Mortgage Report: Nov. 2— Check out these hideous renewal offers from a Big 6 bank. Yes, that’s right, banks are still quoting loyal customers non-discounted posted rates—the rates virtually nobody is supposed to pay. This particular bank must really hate its customers. Fortunately, the borrower, who was extremely well-qualified, came to us for a second opinion. We told him...

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Rumoured: HSBC Canada to Re-enter Mortgage Broker Market

—The Mortgage Report: Oct. 23— It seems HSBC Canada may start selling through mortgage brokers once again. The bank had a “Head of Mortgage Broker Channel” job posting on its website until this morning. We then confirmed with a separate reliable source that the news appears to be true. HSBC was not able to comment by press time. The move...

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Throne Speech Giveaway Portends Faster Recovery in Rates

The boom, not the slump, is the right time for austerity at the Treasury.—John Maynard Keynes (1937) Canada’s Liberal government ripped a page out of Keynes’ playbook Wednesday, promising to use “whatever fiscal firepower is needed” to rebuild the economy and recover “one million jobs.” That includes multi-billion-dollar-price-tag initiatives like extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy through summer 2021, making...

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Weekend Rate Cuts

—The Mortgage Report: Aug. 16— HSBC Cuts HSBC slashed a bunch of key rates going into the weekend, setting record lows on a variety of terms. That included reductions to these special fixed rates: 3yr: 2.19% to 1.99% Canada’s lowest-ever 3yr refi rate 5yr: 2.09% to 1.96% Canada’s lowest-ever 5yr refi rate 5yr (high ratio): 1.89% to 1.76% Canada’s lowest-ever...

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Did the BoC Just Unleash the Bulls?

—The Mortgage Report: Weekend Edition— It Might as Well Have: On Wednesday, the Bank of Canada threw caution to the wind and changed its playbook. It pledged not to hike rates until “the 2 percent inflation target is sustainably achieved.” The significance of that statement is now sinking in and here’s why. Normally, the Bank of Canada doesn’t wait for...

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People Get Squeezed on Mortgage Renewals

—The Mortgage Report: Weekend Edition— Renewal Tax: Borrowers get worse deals on mortgage renewals than on brand new mortgages. And it’s been that way for decades. Interest rates on renewals have historically been about nine basis-points (0.09%) higher than rates on new mortgages. That’s based on a survey of five-year uninsured mortgages from 19 of the largest federally regulated lenders...

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HSBC’s Record-Low 1.99% 5-year Fixed

The Mortgage Report – June 5 Big Drops from HSBC: The online mortgage juggernaut keeps shaking competitors’ trees. This time with Canada’s lowest bank-advertised 5-year fixed rate ever, according to our records. It’s also the first bank to crack the 2% barrier on a 5-fixed, albeit it’s for default-insured mortgages only. HSBC’s move not only reflects historically low funding costs,...

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Variable-Rate Discounts on the Path to Recovery

The Mortgage Report – June 2 HSBC Cuts: HSBC dropped two key variable rates: 5yr (regular): 2.25% to 2.15% (Prime – .30) 5yr (high ratio): 1.95% to 1.85% (Prime – .60) At the height of the COVID crisis, banks hiked their variable rates to prime – 0%. At the time, we wrote that variable-rate discounts will improve significantly once again....

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