Why Are Mortgage Rates Increasing?

Just before the start of a warm, sunny Spring weekend the big banks snuck in a mortgage rate increase of 45 basis points and 20 basis. The two big banks that acted? TD bank and RBC. Two of largest banks in Canada. Now some might think that it’s conspiracy because with warmer Spring temperatures come…

Should Rate Hikes Worry You?

This past week the Bank of Canada raised interest rates by another quarter point or 0.25%. That small change didn’t seem like much, but the Bank of Canada prime rate now sits at a measely 1.25%. Still low for historical reasons. The commercial banks followed suit with most major banks raising their prime lending rates…

Avoiding The Debt Trap

I really did mean debt trap, not death trap, but it might as well be the same. The recent spate of interest rates cuts around the world by central bankers have led to some of the lowest borrowing rates ever. Heck, in some parts of Europe we actually have negative interest rates! Who would have…

The Consequences of Rising Interest Rates

The Canadian economy is stuck in neutral, but the US economy has been springing back to life after many years of languishing in dormancy. The latest news from the Federal Reserve, the US equivalent of the Bank of Canada, is that the economy is picking up steam and foresees less bond purchases and even hinted…

Setting a Target

I wrote in one of my previous posts that you shouldn’t overindulge.  I also wrote that you should be very careful about using too much leverage when buying a home.  Why are financial decisions so difficult? Why can’t everything be so easy like brushing your teeth?  I’m sorry, but life is hard and financial decisions…