Wednesday 12 July 2017

Bank of Canada raises interest rates - what now?

Did the Bank of Canada interest rate that affects variable rate mortgages just go up? 

[Yes, it did.]

And yes it might [affect your loans and debts], including a variable rate mortgage if you went that route. I sincerely hope it isn't enough to put you under water. If that is the case, I'm sorry to hear it and it won't matter what else I say because your situation is your situation.

But as far as the rate increase itself goes, let's not be dramatic: it's still much lower than historical norms.  And far from the worst it has ever been

This becomes pretty readily apparent when you look at the history of the interest rate, as available in [easily readable format on].  Click on the 'Max' timeframe and check out where it was before 1995.

Sure, there are lots of risk factors in the market right now. There always are. This interest rate increase shouldn't spark a massive economic shut-down, but consumer sentiment can be a fickle thing.  [As I suggested yesterday], skewed perceptions in the market can themselves create the adverse conditions that buyers fear.

Until they make a massive interest rate hike, 'keep calm and carry on' as the saying goes.  Feel free to keep an eye on the news, but be careful not to buy into excessive media hype.  Every little increase is a "hike" or "jump" - there are not small upward changes. Such drama sells news, but it's not always a good basis for financial decisions.

If you're concerned about your variable rate mortgage going up more in the future, talk to your [mortgage professional] about the merits of locking in the rate, and maybe even refinancing to pay off other higher interest debts. You'll typically get a higher fixed rate, but it will be at least one more stable number you can plan on.

1 comment:

  1. Yes it is true that the interest rates have increased but as mentioned in this article, it is the first time in 7 years that rates have increased and we are far cry from 1981, when mortgage rates peaked at more than 20 percent. Yes that is not a typo! The The Bank of Canada raised its benchmark overnight interest rate by 25bps to 0.75 percent on July 12th 2017, in line with market expectations. It is the first rise in borrowing cost since 2010 amid robust growth and a slowdown in inflation which is seen temporary. The Bank Rate was also increased by 25bps 1 percent and the deposit rate by 25bps to 0.5 percent. Again, there is no reason to panic as we knew this was to be expected and the increase is nominal.