Bank of Canada Rate Announcement

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement

The Bank of Canada has maintained overnight rates. This means the bank’s prime rate will remain at 2.85%. Some key highlights in the Bank of Canada’s release are: Total CPI inflation in Canada has fallen as expected due to the drop in oil prices. Lower...
Rate Cut? What Does This Mean for Me?

Rate Cut? What Does This Mean for Me?

The Bank of Canada has shocked the market by cutting the overnight rate by 25bps to 0.75%. This puts the prime lending rate in Canada down to 2.75%. The BofC commented the rate cut was due to the economic threat of the drop in oil prices. What this means to you: For...
Bond Yields Break Record!

Bond Yields Break Record!

Last Thursday, those of us keeping an eye on the 5 year Canadian bond yield watched it break the all-time low, falling all the way down to 1.01%. This is a big fall in a rather short period of time given back in September of 2014 the 5 year bond yield in Canada was...
Bank of Canada Holds Steady… Again.

Bank of Canada Holds Steady… Again.

For four years straight the Bank of Canada Prime rate will stay at 3%. There was nothing in the statement from the Bank of Canada that hints there will be an increase in the short term either. Some points from the statement: Inflation is close to the 2% target and is...

Investors Group 1.99% Variable

IG has come out with a sub 2% mortgage offering which has created a buzz in the mortgage market. The offer from IG is for a 36 month, variable rate mortgage at 1.99%. Anytime an offer like this surfaces it gets people talking a lot about mortgages and what offers are...

RBC Employee Pricing… Is there such a thing?

Royal Bank made headlines recently with its “employee pricing” spring promotion. Most of us have seen this type of marketing before but not in the mortgage industry. The idea behind the promotion is to offer the general public the same rates and terms that...