Tag Archive: mortgage rates


Rates Rebound, But Lenders Being Aggressive

A new 5-year fixed will cost you more today than it did last month, but not as much as normal. Canada’s biggest banks have been boosting their advertised mortgage rates following a 1/4-point pop in their funding costs over the last two weeks. Let’s go to the charts… The following graph shows what’s been happening. It’s a picture of Canada’s...

SuperPrime Rates Could be Coming for Ultra-Qualified Borrowers

More than ever, your credit score affects your borrowing costs. The typical minimum for a decent deal is 650, but many lenders want 680 or 720 for their lowest mortgage rates, sometimes higher. As a general rule, big banks don’t discriminate as much on credit score as compared with other mortgage finance companies. Banks’ internal systems aren’t set up for...

How People Choose Between Fixed & Variable Rates

As much as academics advise against it, people (consciously or subconsciously) try to predict interest rates before choosing a mortgage. But, interestingly, they don’t look very far into the future when making these forecasts. “…Households are forward-looking over relatively short periods of time,” research shows. A 2015 international study by Cristian Badarinza, John Y. Campbell and Tarun Ramadorai found that “the...

Rates Hit 2-Month High + Other Rate Nuggets

Bond Bloodbath It was a grisly Friday the 13th in the bond market. Investors ran from bonds like they were being chased by Jason Voorhees with a chainsaw. U.S. 5-year bonds crashed (yields soared 12 bps), which drove Canada’s 5-year to a two-month high. For non-bondy types, bond selling drives up rates since the two move inversely. Catalysts for the carnage...

RateWatch: Bond Yields Going Vertical

Some people think we’re in a bond market bubble. If that’s true, and we’re not declaring it is, the last four days are kinda what you get when a bubble pops. Bond investors are in a momentary state of panic. Canada’s bellwether 5-year government yield has catapulted 31 basis points in just four trading days. The last time that happened...

Fixed Mortgage Rates Falling Faster Than Bond Yields

Any creditworthy mortgage shopper is practically guaranteed to get a better rate today than they could have at the start of the year. Fixed mortgage rates have been on a ski slope this year, sliding to two-year lows this month. If you’re wondering how far they’ve tumbled, here’s a look. These were the best widely available 5-year fixed rates, as...

Two-year Fixed Rates Dive. Entail Less Prime Rate Risk

motusbank just launched the lowest fixed rate in Canada for an uninsured mortgage: 2.49%. It’s the cheapest widely available 2-year fixed since September 2017. Compare that to the lowest nationally-available conventional variable (2.84% from HSBC) and it begs the question: Why bother floating your rate? For default insured borrowers in Ontario, this question is even more imperative. That’s because DUCA...

Trump vs. Xi. Let’s Get Ready to Rumble

Not much going on this weekend. Only a little meeting between the world’s two most powerful leaders about 2019’s single most important economic issue. U.S. prez Trump and Chinese supreme head communist guy, Xi, collide over trade ahead of Saturday’s G-20 summit in Japan. And, batten down the hatches, because it has the potential to be a short-term tide changer...

Scotiabank Introduces Lowest 4-year Fixed Rate Since 2017

Canada’s third-largest bank has an alluring new 4-year fixed rate. It’s the nation’s lowest 4-year fixed since December 2017. But that’s not the most interesting part. This marks the first time in our recollection that a major bank has widely advertised an online-only special and the industry’s best-discounted rate. It’s somewhat of a milestone in rate transparency, one inspired by consumers’...

Tangerine Slashes its HELOC Rate

Banks seldom offer HELOCs for less than prime rate, unless it’s a short-term teaser rate. But suddenly we have two online banks selling HELOCs at discounts to prime. The latest is Tangerine. On Friday, Tangerine lopped 75 basis points off its HELOC rate — cutting it from prime + 0.65% (where it’s been for years) to prime – 0.10%, or 3.85%....