It’s no secret to anyone reading this: rate hikes have gone off the rails. On September 7th, the Bank of Canada announced yet another whopping increase of 0.75% leaving economists scratching their heads. Typically rates increase or decrease by 0.25%, if they change at all. Inflation has forced the BoC to make some pretty drastic decisions… but have they gone too far?Continue reading “The 3 Questions I Get Asked Most About Rising Rates”
If you’re reading this, you probably know by now: the Bank of Canada has been raising their benchmark rate aggressively to battle inflation. And I mean aggressively. Their rate has gone up by 2.25% in 6 months which is absolutely – wait for it – unprecedented.
As a result, variable rates have shot up. Everyone expected fixed rates to follow suit – but interestingly enough, the opposite has happened. They’ve actually gone down. Yup, you read that right: while variable rates are going up, fixed rates are going down.Continue reading “Variable Rates Go Up, Fixed Rates Come Down”
“Nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes.”
Benjamin Franklin said this in 1789, and it’s just as true now as it was then. There’s just one thing I’d add given that the world has changed quite a bit since the 18th century: interest payments. Maybe not as certain, but just as stressful. If I could revise the quote now, I’d make it:
“Paying interest and taxes will be the death of us.”Continue reading “Death, Taxes, and Interest Payments: Part 1”
For better or worse, Canadians have a lot of trust. In each other, in their government, in the places they eat, in the places they shop – and apparently in the places they bank. A 2020 survey found that seven out of 10 Canadians believe their banks have their best interest in mind when offering advice. Well, if you’re one of those seven out of 10 people, I hate to burst your bubble… but I have reason to believe otherwise.Continue reading “Beware of “Friendly” Calls From Your Bank”
In 1990, Canadian house prices plummeted. Quickly too. Between March and September, property values were slashed up to 50% depending on where you lived in the country. A correction like this hadn’t happened for decades prior, and it hasn’t happened since. So why did it happen?Continue reading “When Interest Rates Go Up, Do Property Values Go Down?”