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Can Canadians Stand Up to a Tougher Stress Test?

Buying a home in Canada just got a lot more stressful. Recently, the OSFI’s stress test has become substantially more challenging to pass – and hardly anyone noticed. The qualifying rate is now as high as 6.00%. If it wasn’t hard enough to purchase a home in Canada, now it’s even harder. And if rates keep going up as they’re predicted to, it’s not going to get any easier.

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Bank of Canada Raises Rate by 0.25% – Is it Time to Worry Yet?

As predicted, the Bank of Canada raised their benchmark rate a few days ago. No surprises here. And yet, the media will make you feel like this was out of left field. Even worse, they’ll spew fear mongering dribble that the train is off then rail. That every single BoC meeting for the rest of the year will result in a rate pump. That we’re heading for a market crash of epic proportions. So is it time to worry yet?

I’m here to tell you this: turn off the television and take a deep breath. There’s nothing to fear.

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Don’t Fear the Rate Hikes

Last week, I came across an article with this headline:

“Bank Of Canada Will Raise Rates 500% This Year, To Start Within Weeks.”

Pretty scary headline right? The article claimed that there will be five rate hikes of 0.25% this year. Even worse, these hikes will start almost immediately – meaning the first hike will happen at the first Bank of Canada announcement of the year. 

That announcement happened yesterday. No rate hike.

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