The Case for Another 0.50% Bank of Canada Rate Hike

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update for December 5, 2022

by David Larock

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The Bank of Canada (BoC) is expected to raise its policy rate when it meets this Wednesday. The only real question still up for debate is whether it will hike by 0.25% or 0.50%.

Financial markets are pricing in a 0.25% increase, but I think a 0.50% hike makes more sense.

For starters, the BoC has repeatedly said that front-loading its rate hikes will magnify their impact, and by so doing, reduce the amount of total tightening that will ultimately be required. If the Bank expects that at least another 0.50% rise is needed, why spread that 0.50% over a longer period if that will reduce their ability to cool inflation?

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David Larock is an independent full-time mortgage broker and industry insider who helps Canadians from coast to coast. If you are purchasing, refinancing or renewing your mortgage, contact Dave or apply for a Mortgage Check-up to obtain the best available rates and terms.

Canadian Mortgage Primer: All About Trigger Rates

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update for November 28, 2022

by David Larock

Canada mortgage ratesThe term “trigger rate” has been dominating mortgage headlines of late.

Today’s post will explain how they work, assuage fears that they will trigger a US-style housing meltdown, and outline options for borrowers who are being impacted by them.

(It was a slow week for mortgage-rate news, but my Bottom Line at the end of this post will offer a quick update on where rates currently stand and my take on where they’re likely headed over the near term.)

Let’s start with some quick definitions.

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Canadian Inflation Stopped Cooling Last Month

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update for November 21, 2022

by David Larock

Canada mortgage ratesLast week Statistics Canada confirmed that overall inflation levelled off in October after falling over the previous three months. That was essentially in line with consensus expectations.

Our headline Consumer Price Index (CPI) held steady at 6.9% on a year-over-year basis. The biggest contributors to last month’s inflation were higher mortgage rates and prices at the gas pump, and the most notable decelerations occurred in groceries and natural gas prices.

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Champagne Corks Pop in Response to Latest US Inflation Data

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update for November 14, 2022

by David Larock

Last week we learned that US inflation slowed by more than expected in October.

The headline US Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased by 7.7% on a year-over-year basis last month. That result was down from 8.2% in September and lower than the consensus forecast of 8%.

US core CPI, which strips out the most volatile inputs to overall CPI, such as food and energy prices, fell from 6.6% in September to 6.3% last month and came in lower than the consensus forecast of 6.5%.

The market reaction was euphoric. Stock markets surged higher and bond yields plunged in response. It was as if the inflation dragon lay slain on the steps of the New York stock exchange.

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David Larock is an independent full-time mortgage broker and industry insider who helps Canadians from coast to coast. If you are purchasing, refinancing or renewing your mortgage, contact Dave or apply for a Mortgage Check-up to obtain the best available rates and terms.

The Fed Hiked and Financial Markets Shuddered

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update for November 7, 2022

by David Larock

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Last week was an eventful one for anyone keeping an eye on Canadian mortgage rates.

The US Federal Reserve announced another jumbo-sized rate hike, Statistics Canada released a blockbuster jobs report, and we saw a significant bond-yield rally replaced with a sharp sell-off.

Here is my take on those developments, along with a warning that we may be about to underestimate the stickiness of our current inflation pressures.

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The Bank of Canada Hikes by Less Than Expected

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update for October 31, 2022

by David Larock

The Bank of Canada (BoC) raised its policy rate by 0.50% last week. This was the Bank’s sixth hike thus far in 2022, and its policy rate has now increased from 0.25% to 3.75% over that span.

The move surprised financial markets, which had priced in a 0.75% hike, and Government of Canada (GoC) bond yields plunged in the immediate aftermath as investors recalibrated their assumptions of when the BoC will pause and where rates will peak.

In today’s post, I will offer my key takeaways from the Bank’s latest policy statement, press conference, and accompanying Monetary Policy Report (MPR).

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Why the Bank of Canada Is About to Hike by Another 0.75%

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update for October 24, 2022

by David Larock

Last Wednesday we received the latest Canadian inflation data for September, and the results mirrored the US inflation data that were released the week before.

Our overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) dropped from 7% in August to 6.9% in September on a year-over-year basis, but that decline was less than expected. The consensus forecast had overall CPI falling to 6.7%.

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David Larock is an independent full-time mortgage broker and industry insider who helps Canadians from coast to coast. If you are purchasing, refinancing or renewing your mortgage, contact Dave or apply for a Mortgage Check-up to obtain the best available rates and terms.

What the US Inflation Surprise Means for Canadian Mortgage Rates

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update for October 17, 2022

by David Larock

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US and Canadian bond yields continued their seemingly inexorable rise last week.

This time the catalyst was the latest US inflation data, for September, which came in higher than expected.

In today’s post I will outline the latest data and explain why they drove bond rates higher. Then I’ll share a few points to support the view that some meaningful inflation relief may finally be on the way before closing with my take on the implications for Canadian fixed and variable mortgage rates.

Let’s begin with a quick summary of the US inflation data for September:

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David Larock is an independent full-time mortgage broker and industry insider who helps Canadians from coast to coast. If you are purchasing, refinancing or renewing your mortgage, contact Dave or apply for a Mortgage Check-up to obtain the best available rates and terms.

Five Mortgage-Rate Thoughts from Last Week

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update for October 11, 2022

by David Larock

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I hope that you all enjoyed a happy Thanksgiving weekend.

There were several mortgage-related developments last week that were worth noting.

Here are my top five from that list.

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Why Central Bankers Must Now Let the Fires Burn

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update for October 3, 2022

by David Larock
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Monetary policy provides a powerful tool for our central bankers to use during tough times.

Lowering short-term policy rates helps to stimulate economic growth, and central-bank balance sheets can be used for myriad purposes, which include restoring market liquidity and influencing or even outright manipulating longer-term bond yields and borrowing rates. But, human nature being what it is, over time, that blessing became a curse. The ability to do something seems to have made our central bankers forget that sometimes the best option is to do nothing.

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David Larock is an independent full-time mortgage broker and industry insider who helps Canadians from coast to coast. If you are purchasing, refinancing or renewing your mortgage, contact Dave or apply for a Mortgage Check-up to obtain the best available rates and terms.

The Fed Raises and Warns It Isn’t Done Yet

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update for September 26, 2022

by David Larock

The US Federal Reserve raised its policy rate by another 0.75% last week, and, as I predicted in last week’s post, it also surprised financial markets with a very hawkish warning that more monetary-policy tightening is both needed and imminent.

Let’s start with a quick look at the highlights from the Fed’s latest communications before considering the implications for Canadian mortgage rates:

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David Larock is an independent full-time mortgage broker and industry insider who helps Canadians from coast to coast. If you are purchasing, refinancing or renewing your mortgage, contact Dave or apply for a Mortgage Check-up to obtain the best available rates and terms.

Expect Some Tough Love from the US Federal Reserve This Week

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update for September 19, 2022

by David Larock

Canada mortgage ratesThe Federal Reserve is expected to continue raising its policy rate when it meets this week.

The bond futures market is pricing in a 0.75% hike on Wednesday, with two more 0.50% increases expected in October and November.

Those bets were raised after the release of last week’s US inflation data. While it showed that headline inflation fell in August, from 8.5% to 8.3% on a year-over-year basis, that was less of a decline than the market had expected. More concerningly, US core inflation, which strips out the most volatile prices like food and energy, increased from 5.9% in July to 6.3% in August.

As in Canada, US inflation is broadening out even as the overall headline number starts to decline. But right now, the Fed is in a tougher spot than the Bank of Canada (BoC).

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David Larock is an independent full-time mortgage broker and industry insider who helps Canadians from coast to coast. If you are purchasing, refinancing or renewing your mortgage, contact Dave or apply for a Mortgage Check-up to obtain the best available rates and terms.

Five Mortgage-Related Thoughts on the Bank of Canada’s Latest Rate Hike

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update for September 12, 2022

by David Larock

Canada mortgage rates

The Bank of Canada (BoC) raised its policy rate by 0.75% last Wednesday, and that means our variable-rate mortgages and home-equity lines-of-credit will increase by the same amount in short order.

The increase was in line with the consensus forecast, and as such, the Government of Canada (GoC) bond yields which our fixed mortgage rates are priced on held steady.

At least for now.

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David Larock is an independent full-time mortgage broker and industry insider who helps Canadians from coast to coast. If you are purchasing, refinancing or renewing your mortgage, contact Dave or apply for a Mortgage Check-up to obtain the best available rates and terms.

The Bank of Canada’s Rate-Hike Impacts Are Intensifying

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update for September 6, 2022

by David Larock

All eyes will be on the Bank of Canada (BoC) when it meets this week.

The Bank is expected to hike its policy rate by between 0.50% and 0.75%, and variable mortgage rates will be raised by the same amount shortly thereafter.

Our fixed mortgage rates, which move in the same direction as Government of Canada (GoC) bond yields, won’t be directly affected by the BoC’s policy-rate change, but they could be indirectly impacted if the Bank’s accompanying statement has a tone that is different from what is anticipated.

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David Larock is an independent full-time mortgage broker and industry insider who helps Canadians from coast to coast. If you are purchasing, refinancing or renewing your mortgage, contact Dave or apply for a Mortgage Check-up to obtain the best available rates and terms.

Why the Bank of Canada and the Bond Market Are Both Half Right (and Half Wrong)

Monday Morning Interest Rate Update for August 29, 2022

by David Larock
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Our bond markets and our central banks are not on the same page right now.

Both the US Federal Reserve (the Fed) and the Bank of Canada (BoC) are adamant that they will continue raising their policy rates until inflation and inflation expectations are brought to heel, and they have recently hinted that this will require more hikes than the market is currently pricing in.

Our central bankers concede that this will create economic pain, but they believe that pain will pale in comparison to the pain that will occur if inflation is left unchecked – and they continue to predict that they can pull off a soft-landing for our economies while all of this transpires.

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David Larock is an independent full-time mortgage broker and industry insider who helps Canadians from coast to coast. If you are purchasing, refinancing or renewing your mortgage, contact Dave or apply for a Mortgage Check-up to obtain the best available rates and terms.
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