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The Bank of Canada left rates unchanged at this mornings rate announcement so no changes to your variable rate mortgages or lines of credit. Some interesting points to take note of: the Bank is ending it’s Quantitative Easing program. Basically, that’s a form of tightening.
The other change is walking up their forecast for raising rates. For much of the pandemic the talk was raising rates in 2023. Over the previous couple announcements, that was bumped up to late 2022 & is now sitting at mid 2022.
What’s driving that? Inflation. The Bank expects inflationary pressures to stay elevated into next year & ease back to around their 2% target late 2022.
Energy prices aside, a lot of what’s driving inflation are pandemic impacted services. It’s been a challenge to fill job openings at the low end of the economy as people were paid to stay home, meanwhile a lot of people are sitting on more cash than usual & aren’t as concerned paying $5 more for a haircut or $8 more for lunch. Demand is up, there’s a lack of labor, people have the money so we see higher prices & that is expected to be a covid related problem that will dissipate over time.
On the other hand, look at, say, energy prices. With the green movement there has been a serious lack of development in that space. Of course, we all still need energy so the cost is higher & that isn’t something that will dissipate so quickly.
Every economic recession was lead by a monetary policy error. The thing to consider with inflation is that it is a lagging indicator. It is telling you something about the past, not the future. If you’re basing policy decisions off of the past, you’re late. Central banks tend to panic & raise rates too much, too quickly & too late & I think that is the risk to housing & the overall economy.
On real estate, fundamentally there is still a lack of supply generally speaking in Canada. Supply takes years to fix so the risk to prices going down is rapidly rising rates.
That covers today’s summary. If you’d like to talk more about what higher rates could mean for your mortgage, please get in touch & have a great day.
No rate change at this morning’s Bank of Canada interest rate announcement & no significant change to the outlook.
What most people want to know is where rates are heading & the forecast is still late 2022. The key word to hang on there is forecast. Forecasts are often wrong.. in Jan of this year the Bank expected the economy to contract in Q1 & it grew at an annualized rate of 5.5%. For Q2 the expectation was 2.5% growth & we saw a contraction of 1.1% annualized. For those interested the swaps traders are pricing in 1 rate hike in the next 12 months & 2 more over the following year which has come down from July.
The not-so-silent-killer, which is getting talked about more & more, is inflation as the 3.7% reading is the highest of the last decade. There are record long wait times for raw materials. Canada’s Farm Product Price Index rose 24.4% YOY in June which tied for the highest reading since the high inflation of the 70s. Prices of just about everything are going up.
So how does inflation relate to your mortgage? I can say with confidence that all of your mortgage rates are lower than inflation, which is actually a good thing from a borrowing perspective. That means you’re paying back the money you borrowed with dollars that are becoming less & less valuable. You essentially have a negative rate mortgage. Some of your debt is inflating away without having to do anything. That gives you an opportunity you can play 2 ways:
With the conservative approach, you’ll become debt free quicker, better insulate yourself from market corrections (although following covid it’s hard to see policy makers letting markets crash), but may not benefit from growth in risk assets.
With the higher risk approach, if we continue to see inflation at these levels or higher, your net worth can grow a lot quicker but you do run the risk of your investments performing poorly & being left with a slower path out of debt.
These are the conversations you should be having about your finances & if you could use some help or direction, please get in touch as I have an excellent financial planner I can put you in touch with.
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The Bank of Canada came out with their rate announcement this morning & have kept rates unchanged, shocker! To put this in context the Bank has stated they will not look to raise rates until 2023. That’s what they’re saying. What could change that?
Well, remember that little thing by the name of inflation that for the last year I’ve saying is one of the more important factors to watch? It’s picking up. Commodities have been on a tear, housing is soaring & we’ve certainly noticed an increase in our monthly bills. Fixed rates, which are based on the government of Canada bond yields, have increased significantly in the last 2 weeks. The bond market generally does a good job at front running the economy & things, for now, are better than expected.
Keep in mind there is a great incentive in the powers that be talking down inflation while it slowly creeps up on everything b/c it allows debt to be inflated away as that debt becomes worth less. That’s known as a soft default. You’re not NOT paying your bills, your paying back bills that aren’t worth as much. The risk in talking down doing that is if all of a sudden the market realizes this they could be a sharp increase & shock which could end up being recessionary.
The Bank highlighted inflation is at the lower bound of its 1-3% range & expects it to move to the top end in the next few months but sees that slowing down as the excess capacity in the economy exerts downward pressure. Will they make it to 2023? I have no idea but will be watching it closely.
Thanks for watching & have a great day.
The Bank of Canada kept rates unchanged today in their scheduled rate announcement. The economic rebound in Canada has been better than expected but as we now face a second wave, much of the current outlook is dependent on how covid plays out here at home. Housing has been strong. Personally I’ve seen a lot of clients migrating from the downtown core to places like Victoria, the interior & further out in the lower mainland. Working from home is something many are taking advantage of by upgrading for space.
Of course these record low mortgages rates are a big reason for housing’s strength so how does the interest rate forecast look currently? Officially, the Bank of Canada has said they don’t expect to be raising rates until after 2022. They want to hit a 2% inflation target before moving to any increases & they expect inflation to start to pick up slowly early next year.
The Bank is also continuing its bond purchase program, which suppresses yields (and interest rates). I wanted to include this chart as it really illustrates the eye popping balance sheet growth of Canada’s central bank compared to others around the world since the pandemic started.
Currently our central bank owns 1/3 of our federal debt… so we’re generating debt then buying our own debt. Yes this is something many central banks are doing globally, but as soon as inflation expectations pick up, that means more bond buying is required (so more increases to the balance sheet) in order to keep interest rates from rising. It can turn into a vicious cycle where the end result does not fare well for our currency & the cost of goods.
I don’t think we’ll see much of a change in outlook until the end of this year but we have one more rate announcement coming up in December so will update you then.
That’s it for me today. Thanks for watching & have a lovely Wednesday.
Good morning! This morning our new Bank of Canada governor, Tiff Macklem, carried through with his pledge in July to keep rates at this level for at least 2 years & left rates unchanged at this morning’s policy announcement. Central banks around the world seem committed to letting inflation run hot by keeping rates low. Let’s not forget that low rates has most certainly NOT created meaningful inflation for the last few decades, so what would be different about this time around?
Following 2008 the massive amount of money supply creation (which pales in comparison to what we’ve seen in the last 6 months), went almost exclusively into propping up financial assets. What’s different this time around is a commitment to the fiscal side & putting money into the hands of the ppl & the economy, not just wall street. Governments are creating debts, then printing money to pay for those debts. What could go wrong?
On a recent CNBC interview one of the greatest & most successful investors of the last few decades, Stan Druckenmiller, came out saying for the 1st time in a long time that he is actually worried about inflation & that we could easily see 5-10% inflation in the coming years. Ironically, he also pointed out the rising risks also going the other way towards deflation, as every period of deflation is preceded by an asset bubble. With companies are soaring 30%, 40%, 50% on news of stock splits (which add zero value to a company), when bankrupt companies are seeing their stock prices double while their bonds are trading at a few cents on the dollar, when sports bloggers like Dave Portnoy are calling Warren Buffet washed up while they tout the mantra of stocks only go up, it’s hard to argue we are in anything but a mania driven bubble.
So we have 2 risks – deflation & inflation. What does that mean for your mortgage?
Fixed rates are incredibly low right now. You can lock in rates at or under 2% for the 1st time in Canada’s history. Could mortgage rates go lower? Yes. Could they go negative? No. Are we already very close to zero? Yes!
Now on the flipside to that, could inflation impact the central bank’s commitment to keeping rates low? Yes! Could we see a major breakout of rates from this multi decade downtrend towards zero? Yes! Historically have inflation breakouts taken shape quicker than most expect? YES!
The way I see it, mortgage rates are incredibly attractive right now. They could go a bit lower, but they could also go A LOT higher. What impact would having a mortgage rate that’s 0.5% lower have on your life? What about a rate that’s 2% higher?
These are some of the questions I’m having with clients right now & if you’d like some help mapping through these scenarios, please get in touch.
I’m Ryan. Thanks for watching. Have a great day.
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