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A Little Less Grinch: Breaking Interest Rate News

Posted: December 04, 2018
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, interest rates, Bank of canada, Steven Poloz, prescribed annual interest rate

Will Bank of Canada Interest rate setting impact your holiday euphoria? Bank of Canada’s Steven Poloz announced today that the overnight rate would remain at 1.75%.

Shopping Spoiler Alert: Canadians Aren’t Saving Enough

Posted: December 04, 2018 By : Evelyn Jacks & Beth Graddon
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, statistics canada, interest rates, Bank of canada, retirement savings, Steven Poloz, household savings rate, disposable income, Financial Planning Standards

In the holiday spirit yet? This news might dampen it: on Friday November 30, Statistics Canada released a report on GDP, income and expenditure for the third quarter of 2018. The big news? In 2018, Canadians have had the worst household savings rate on an annual basis since 2005, averaging only 1.4% over the past year. For the third quarter of this year, the household savings rate was a mere 0.8%; the lowest quarterly level since early in 2017.

Eldercare: Adjusting for The High Cost of Financial Comfort

Posted: November 12, 2018 By : Beth Graddon & Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , 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.

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.

Bank of Canada Increases Interest Rate to 1.5%

Posted: July 11, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , knowledge bureau, interest rates, Bank of canada, Evelyn Jacks, Poloz

Bank of Canada raised its benchmark interest rate to 1.5 percent (up from 1.25 percent) as anticipated, in an announcement from Governor Stephen Poloz this morning.