All items tagged with: Bank of canada

Eldercare: Adjusting for The High Cost of Financial Comfort

Posted: November 12, 2018 By : Beth Graddon & Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue , income, wealth, Bank of canada, Essential Tax Facts, retirement planning, tax-efficient retirement planning, interest rate, median income in Canada, comfortable living, Stephen Poloz, Governor, Edward Jones

How much income do Canadians think they need annually to lead a comfortable life and how realistic is it? According to a poll by Edward Jones, it’s a figure that’s over $250,000—one that could grow as interest rates and the needs of the elderly continue to rise. It’s a topic that created a vibrant conversation at the Distinguished Advisor Conference which concluded yesterday in Quebec City.

How Will USMCA Impact Average Canadians?

Posted: October 02, 2018 By : Evelyn Jacks & Beth Graddon
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, interest rates, Bank of canada, Investing, Trudeau, Trump, NAFTA, trade agreement, Canadian dollar, Steven Poloz, dairy industry, free trade, USMCA, United States - Mexico - Canada Agreeement, Canada, United States, dairy import, automotive tariffs, trade tarifs, manufacturing sector

The new NAFTA deal—now called USMCA—will no doubt make positive contributions to the Canadian economy and investors will appreciate the improvement in market uncertainty. But, there are also some points of concern, including impacts to specific sectors and looming interest rate hikes. Plus, a duty-free limit increase that improves ease of holiday shopping, but could have economic repercussions.

The Impact to Canada’s Economy if NAFTA Fails

Posted: September 24, 2018 By : Beth Graddon & Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, Financial Literacy, DAC, GDP, Bank of canada, distinguished advisor conference, Canadian economy, interest rate, inflation, financial education, Trudeau, employment rate, Trump, NAFTA, trade agreement, tariffs, job creation, U.S import, U.S. export, manufacturing industry, dairy industry, free trade, United Nations

The NAFTA stalemate is important. Should Canada fail to forge a favourable deal that addresses these issues, the nation’s slow economic growth is likely to face further decline, and Canadians are going to feel the pinch on their pocket books and may, in fact, lose jobs. So what’s holding back a new NAFTA deal? How can you help investors in the meantime?

How to Cope with the Mortgage Stress Test

Posted: September 03, 2018 By : Beth Graddon
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, GDP, Bank of canada, Evelyn Jacks, distinguished financial advisor, interest rate, inflation, Real Wealth Manager, stress test, mortgage interest, paying down debt, variable rate, fixed rate, housing affordability, mortage, prescribed interest rate, Canada's Econom, y, Steven Poloz, prime lending rates, Mortgage Professionals of Canada

“How am I going to qualify for the home I want?” That’s the question on the minds of prospective home buyers as a complex real estate market, and stringent mortgage criteria threatens their ownership dreams. Seeking sound financial advice can help.

Inflation Hits High Point: Continues Upward Trend to 2.5%

Posted: August 21, 2018 By : Evelyn Jacks & Knowledge Bureau Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, GDP, interest rates, Bank of canada, Evelyn Jacks, distinguished financial advisor, inflation, prescribed interest rates, Real Wealth Manager, steven Polaz, mortgage interest, Canada's economy, prime lending rate, paying down debt, variable rate, fixed rate, housing affordability

Inflation has hit its highest point since February 2012’s 2.6%. It now sits at a lofty 2.5%, and is expected to hold steady until the second half of 2019. Poorly understood, inflation, together with high taxes and rising interest rates, is a great wealth eroder.

Housing Affordability: Borrowers Take a Hit from Rising Interest Rates

Posted: July 17, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, interest rates, Bank of canada, Evelyn Jacks, financial services, Canadian banks, mortgage rates, mortgage interest, prime interest rate, overnight rate, variable rate mortgage, lending rates

The hot housing market (especially in Vancouver and Toronto) has long thwarted home ownership dreams for many Canadians. In fact, RBC’s July report on housing trends and affordability reveals that the average Canadian household requires almost half its total income to cover home ownership costs.