Rates have been rising gradually over the past six months following several years of historically-low rates. There should be no surprise that rates are rising – it was bound to happen. But, we can be thankful they’re not predicted to spike. It’s much easier to deal with – and plan for – gradual increases.
Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist of CIBC World Markets Inc, spoke last week about his predictions for rates and a bunch of other economic indicators. I’ve been following him for 15 years now. He’s one of the few economists whom I respect, as his forecasts have proven very accurate. So, let’s pay attention!
Continue reading “Interest Rates are Rising… and Expected to Continue… But!”
You gotta love the media. Yesterday, the Bank of Canada Governor gave a speech and announced a change in contingency plans should we fall into another financial crisis… like the US-made global recession in 2008.
But if you read the headlines, you would think the sky has fallen. All I kept seeing were headlines claiming “Canada could see Negative interest rates. Below zero interest rates. Canada would consider negative interest rates… ” Wow, talk about misleading the public.
Okay, so here’s what he really said, and this is straight from the Bank of Canada website…I quote… “We don’t need unconventional policies now, and we don’t expect to use them. However, it’s prudent to be prepared for every eventuality,” Governor Poloz said in a speech today to the Empire Club of Canada.
He went on to say that he believes that our economy is on target to rebound for 2017.. and here’s another direct quote. “The Bank is forecasting increasing annual growth in 2016 and 2017, with the Canadian economy expected to reach full capacity around mid-2017.”
I think this is pretty clear. The ‘worst case scenario’ plan has changed.. and the BOC govr expects our economy to rebound in the next 12 to 18 months. Hope this helps to clarify the message. Keeping it real.. and keeping it simple.
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Bad news travels 10 times faster than good news! It’s just human nature that we can’t seem to escape. We seem more likely to gossip about someone’s misfortune than their accomplishments.
Here’s a negative headline…. YOU LOST APPROXIMATELY $355,000, SO FAR, IF YOU’VE BEEN WAITING TO A BUY HOUSE SINCE 2008. Read on to see understand how and why.
Take Wednesday’s headline in the Financial Post, “Bank of Canada warns house prices are overvalued by up to 30%” . WOW! How’s that not gonna get your attention? It certainly got mine. I immediately had to read this article. But the more I read, the clearer it became that this statement wasn’t exactly true.
The article pointed to a semi-annual report that is put out by the Bank of Canada entitled, Financial System Review December 2014. That headline is an attention grabber.. And like most media headlines, it’s not the full story. In fact, it’s not an accurate reflection of what the Bank of Canada report had to say. If you look at Stephen Poloz’s (Bank of Canada Governor) comments, he says “there is some risk that the housing market is overvalued, and our estimates fall in the 10 to 30 per cent range”.
But he’s not done there.. Continue reading “Housing bubble? Waiting for the crash before buying has cost you 60% in the last 6 years.”
A few weeks ago, I attended CMHC’s Ontario Housing Market Outlook conference. This annual conference provides Financial experts with an insight into some of the best data available. Now, in case you didn’t know it, CMHC probably has the largest database of information in Canada. So when they publish stats and make forecasts, we need to listen.
This year’s speakers included Ted Tsiakopoulos, Regional Economist CMHC, Ed Heese, Senior Market Analyst CMHC, Dave McLean, President Mattamy Homes (Canada’s largest home builder) and Peter Zimmerman, Director of Development Freed Developments (highrise condo builders). I really enjoyed hearing Ted speak. His presentation was backed up by a wealth of stats. Let’s see if you agree about the forecast. Continue reading “CMHC’s Ontario Housing conference 2014 highlights: the news is good!”
On April 14, I attended the annual Independent Mortgage Brokers Association (IMBA) annual conference. We were fortunate to have Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) Regional Economist, Ted Tsiakopoulos, share his outlook on the economy, real estate and interest rates.
Click here for the entire presentation. This is a summary of CMHC’s outlook:
- No evidence of housing bubble.
- housing market is stabilizing in Ontario.
- we won’t see the growth in prices as in years past.
- this outlook is still uncertain given all the global events, both political and economic.
- credit growth is slowing.
- Interest rates will rise as economy improves.
The good news is that there doesn’t seem to be a housing bubble. Interest rates will gradually return to normal. And we don’t seem to be taking on as much personal debt as the government and media has led up to believe in the recent months.