Sunday, January 24, 2016

Bank of Canada leaves key interest rate unchanged at 1/2%

Greetings from Fabulous Mississauga!
The Bank of Canada leaves key interest rate unchanged at 1/2% most anticipated interest rate announcement was on January 20, 2016 and the decision was that the Bank of Canada will be maintaining its overnight rate at 0.5%.  This means there will be no changes to prime rate. 
What does this mean to you, the consumer?  It's likely the major banks in Canada will leave their prime rates that they charge you at 2.70%
The last increase of the prime rate was September 2010 and this the longest stretch of no increase in history. 
Economists have been predicting that the prime rate will remain unchanged until sometime in 2016 and some even longer than that.  There are others who are predicting no change for 5 years or longer.
Many have been predicting the prime rate will increase 'next year' every year for the past 5 years now.
Personally, I believe that the low interest rates that we are currently experiencing are generational.  What I mean is that I predict we will see rates at or near their current levels up to about 5% for the next 15 years.  It's already been 5 years of low interest rates and it will likely remain this way for the next 15, a total of 20 years, a full generation!  That's my prediction.

You can still find discounts on variable rate mortgages as low as prime -0.5% with most banks offering about prime -0.10%. 
You can find 5 year fixed mortgages as low as 2.6% and even slightly lower sometimes.

I hope this finds you Happy and Healthy!
All the Best!
A. Mark Argentino
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