What the Biden administration means for Canada

What the Biden administration means for CanadaAs Canadians watched this week’s presidential inauguration and the immediate aftereffects (which include a scuttled Keystone XL pipeline), many wonder what a Biden administration will mean for Canada. And for good reason. A dramatic change in governance in the United States will likely have significant implications for Canada so Canadian policymakers in both the private…

Federal finances remain vulnerable to fluctuating interest rates

Federal finances remain vulnerable to fluctuating interest ratesBy Alex Whalen and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute There’s been a lot of movement in Ottawa lately, including Bill Morneau’s resignation as federal Finance minister, with Chrystia Freeland taking his place. Unfortunately, the federal government’s recent fiscal snapshot only added to the uncertainty. Why? Because there’s no plan to restore sustainability in federal finances. This…

Bank of Canada lowers interest rate target

The federal institution announced Friday it has lowered its target for the overnight rate by 50 basis points to 0.25 per cent

Bank of Canada lowers interest rate targetThe Bank of Canada announced Friday it has lowered its target for the overnight rate by 50 basis points to 0.25 per cent.  The Bank Rate is correspondingly 0.5 per cent and the deposit rate is 0.25 per cent. “This unscheduled rate decision brings the policy rate to its effective lower bound and is intended…

‘Uncertainty’ drives Bank of Canada to hold interest rates

Real GDP in Canada is expected to grow by 1.6 per cent this year and two per cent in 2021, following 1.6 per cent growth in 2019

‘Uncertainty’ drives Bank of Canada to hold interest ratesThe Bank of Canada announced Wednesday it has maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1.75 per cent. The bank rate is two per cent and the deposit rate is 1.5 per cent. It  forecasts real GDP in Canada will grow by 1.6 per cent this year and two per cent in 2021, following…

Canadian economy will stall in 2020

The next two years will probably bring feeble increases in GDP, in line with 2019’s uninspiring performance. Job creation is likely to decelerate

Canadian economy will stall in 2020As the clock winds down on 2019, it’s time to ponder what the coming year may have in store for the Canadian economy. To provide some context, 2019 hasn’t been a great year for the economy, with inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) expanding by around 1.6 per cent. This was less than growth in both…

Canadians worried about rising interest rates

MNP report says millennials have never experienced a time when credit wasn’t cheap and easily accessible

Canadians worried about rising interest ratesCanadians are increasingly fearful of interest rate hikes, according to the latest MNP Consumer Debt Index, which was released on Tuesday. MNP said the fear of a rate increase has intensified over the past few months. One-third of Canadians express concern that rising rates could move them towards bankruptcy. That’s a six-point increase since June.…

Alberta leads country with highest level of average debt

Calgary and Edmonton had the highest levels of debt of major Canadian cities

Alberta leads country with highest level of average debtThe average consumer debt continues to rise in Alberta with the highest level in the country, according to the latest Equifax Canada Q2 2018 National Consumer Credit Trends Report which was released on Wednesday. Calgary and Edmonton had the highest levels of debt of major Canadian cities and Alberta had the highest for all the…

Canadian average net worth growing but interest rates a challenge

‘Canadians paid $9.0 billion more in interest charges in 2017 than they did the prior year,’ says Environics Analytics report

Canadian average net worth growing but interest rates a challengeAverage household net worth in Canada continues to grow but higher interest rates are putting increased pressure on discretionary spending, according to a new report released Monday by Environics Analytics. “For many Canadians the rising interest rates over the past year have already cost them the equivalent of an extra mortgage payment,” said Peter Miron,…

Quit blaming workers for rising inflation

By raising interest rates, central bankers are moving away from one of their prime purposes: to maximize employment

Quit blaming workers for rising inflationFinancial markets were in a tizzy last week. The Dow Jones industrial average wobbled, falling over 1,500 points in near-panic selling over several days. And then, as if on cue, stock markets all over the world were soon 'correcting' with the Dow. What caused markets to fall? According to the experts, there were several root…