MORTGAGE NEWS

2022-7-13

Reaction to the Bank of Canada's 100-bps shocker




Having been behind the inflation curve for many months, the Bank of Canada today tried to get ahead of it by delivering a surprise 100-bps rate hike. That brings the Bank's benchmark rate to 2.50%, a level not seen since 2008. Rates have now increased by 225 basis points, or 2.25 percentage points, since March. In its accompanying statement, the Bank said it decided to "front-load the path to higher interest rates," because inflation is "higher and more persistent" than the Bank expected. The Banks also said it expects inflation to remain at around 8% "in the next few months." In a press conference following the rate decision announcement, Bank of Canada Governor Tif...


2022-6-9

The economy "needs" higher rates, says BoC's Macklem




While the Bank of Canada is currently still forecasting a "soft landing" for the Canadian economy, it's going to take higher interest rates to help that happen. That was according to comments from Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem, who spoke during a press conference following the release of the Bank's Financial System Review (FSR) on Thursday. "We think the economy needs higher interest rates, and it can certainly handle higher interest rates," he told reporters. He noted that rate hikes are needed to remove the "excess demand" in the economy and to tame spending. When asked if the Bank would go so far as to purposely induce a recession to cool demand, M...


2022-5-30

Bank of Canada widely expected to deliver another 50-bps rate hike this week




Markets and economists fully expect the Bank of Canada to deliver its second half-point rate hike in as many months when it meets on Wednesday. In June, the Bank hiked its overnight target rate by 50 basis points, bringing it to 1.00%, citing an "increasing risk" that expectations of high inflation could become "entrenched." With headline inflation reaching a 31-year high of 6.8% in April, and core inflation at a 32-year high of 4.23%, the Bank of Canada is widely expected to continue its aggressive pace of rate hikes in the coming months. “We are confronted with an economy that is showing clear signs of overheating, very tight labour markets and this perfect infla...


2022-4-28

Bank of Canada Prepared to Raise Interest Rates "Forcefully"




Targeting high inflation is the Bank of Canada's top priority, and it's prepared to raise interest rates "forcefully" if that's what's needed. Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem made the comment in a speech before the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce on Wednesday. "The economy needs higher rates and can handle them. With demand starting to run ahead of the economy’s capacity, we need higher rates to bring the economy into balance and cool domestic inflation," he said. Macklem noted that inflation is now at a three-decade high of 6.7%, and is expected to remain above the Bank's target range of 1% to 3% for the remainder of the year. "We are...


2022-4-25

Big Banks Raise 5-Year Fixed Rates Above 4%




Most of the country's big banks are now advertising special-offer 5-year fixed rates above 4%. This includes RBC, TD, BMO, CIBC and National Bank of Canada, along with many other mortgage lenders. Among national providers, insured 5-year fixed rates are now averaging 3.98% while uninsured mortgages average 4.12%, according to data tracked by Rob McLister, rate analyst and editor of Mortgage Logic. That's up about 25 basis points since the start of April and up 10 bps since Wednesday alone. The move follows the latest leg-up in the Government of Canada 5-year bond yield, which soared to a fresh 11-year high of 2.80% last week on higher-than-expected inflation data. ...


2022-4-13

Variable Mortgage Rates to Rise as Prime Rate Jumps to 3.20%




Variable-rate mortgage holders are about to see their interest costs rise again after Canada's Big 5 banks announced a 50-basis-point hike to prime rate on Wednesday. This followed the Bank of Canada’s decision earlier in the day to raise its overnight target rate by 0.50% to 1.00%, citing excess demand in the economy and inflation "persisting well above target." Prime rate, upon which variable mortgage rates are priced, will rise to 3.20% at RBC, BMO, CIBC and Scotiabank effective Thursday. TD Bank remains a unique case, with its mortgage prime rate priced 15 bps higher, or 3.35%, the result of an additional 15-bps hike the bank made in 2016 independent of a Bank o...


2022-4-13

The Bank of Canada Delivers a 50-bps Rate Hike, Says More Are Needed




As was widely expected, the Bank of Canada raised its benchmark lending rate by 50 basis points on Wednesday, bringing it to 1.00%. This is the first half-point rate increase from the central bank since 2000, and follows a quarter-point rate hike in March. But the Bank isn't done yet, saying in its release that more rate increases will be needed. "With the economy moving into excess demand and inflation persisting well above target, the Governing Council judges that interest rates will need to rise further," reads its statement. CPI inflation is currently at a 30-year high 5.7%, and the Bank expects it to average almost 6% in the first half of 2022 before ea...


2022-3-29

Fixed Mortgage Rates Continue to Rise, Closing in on 4%




The run-up in fixed mortgage rates isn't finished yet, with mortgage lenders delivering a fresh round of hikes over the past week. That includes most of the Big 6 banks, which had already raised rates just a week earlier. Here's a look at some of the latest rate increases to the big banks' special-offer rates, with hikes averaging 20 to 30 basis points: BMO: Insured 5yr fixed (3.49% to 3.69%); Uninsured 5yr fixed (3.49% to 3.79%)TD: 3yr fixed (3.29% to 3.49%); insured 5yr fixed (3.49% to 3.69%); uninsured 5yr fixed (3.59% to 3.79%)RBC: 3yr fixed (3.19% to 3.39%); 5yr fixed (3.49% to 3.69%); 5yr variable (2.05% to 2.20%)CIBC: insured 5yr fixed (3.42% to 3.72%); uninsured 5yr ...


2022-3-20

The Big Banks Hike Mortgage Rates...Again




Most big mortgage lenders, including all of the Big 6 banks, have hiked fixed rates once again over the past several days. In many cases, they've also reduced their variable-rate discounts, making variable-rate mortgages slightly pricier for new borrowers. Most of the fixed-rate increases were in the range of 15 to 20 bps, although Scotiabank hikes its eHOME rates by 35 bps. Other national mortgage lenders that have just raised rates include First National, Equitable Bank, Investors Group, Simplii, Merix, Manulife, HSBC and Tangerine. According to data compiled by rate analyst Rob McLister, the average lowest nationally available 5-year fixed discounted rate...


2022-3-2

The Big 5 Banks Raise Prime Rate to 2.70%




Canada's prime rate will be rising to 2.70% as of Thursday, after the Big 5 banks confirmed they will be hiking their respective prime rates by 25 basis points. RBC and TD Bank kicked off the prime rate increases on Wednesday, followed shortly by CIBC, BMO and Scotiabank. In the case of TD, its mortgage prime rate has risen to 2.85%, the result of an additional 15-bps hike the bank made in 2016 independent of a Bank of Canada rate move. The announcements followed the Bank of Canada's quarter-point rate hike on Thursday—the first increase of the Bank's key lending rate in over three years. Who will be impacted by a prime rate increase? The change to the prime...