An evening with Mr. Wonderful
https://www.dropbox.com/sc/5kmh2j4nxoxazuk/itCAuJIftj No introduction required, Mary and I were at a function withKevin O’Leary last week, infamous for his role in Dragons Den and Shark Tank. IronicallyKevin was supposed to be the premier speaker at our national mortgageconference in Vancouverlast November, when at the last minute the sponsor pulled the plug and Kevinwas replaced. The reason, Kevin has entered the Mortgage Broker market, and itappeared the sponsor got nervous about his presence and foray into our market,the same sponsor who has Don Cherry as their spokesperson, go figure. Salient points: I'm not a tough guy. I'm just delivering the truth and only the truth and if you can't deal with it, too bad. I'm not trying to make friends; I'm trying to make money. Money equals freedom, (this is what drives people and what people love to see on Dragons Den). Kevin only invests in products that pay a dividend. Never spend the principle just the interest. When I asked if Finance Minister Flaherty went too far with the Mortgage Rules changes, he agreed but indicated we should all be concerned about the possibility of a Canadian Housing Bubble! Great evening, he is everything that he appears to be,brutally honest, and bottom line driven. Love him or hate him, he tells thetruth!
The Teranet-National Bank House Price Index ticked down 0.1% in February
In February the TeranetNational Bank National Composite House Price Index(tm) retreated 0.1% from the previous month, following December and January rises that had interrupted a downtrend. It was the first February decline since 2013. The index was up in only three of the 11 metropolitan markets surveyed, the fewest since October 2014: Vancouver (+0.4%), Hamilton (+0.2%) and Halifax (+0.8%). The index for Victoria was flat on the month and the other seven component indexes were down: Toronto 0.1%, Montreal 0.3%, Ottawa-Gatineau 0.7%, Edmonton 0.8%, Calgary 0.8%, Winnipeg 1.0%, Quebec City 1.5%.
For Vancouver it was the 12th rise in 14 months, taking its index to a new record. However, this markets raw (unsmoothed) index* was down 1.3% on the month, a retreat coinciding with a cooling of home sales as reported by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. The raw index for Toronto declined after three consecutive rises. In previous months observers had noted a certain haste on the part of buyers to beat the entry into effect of tougher conditions for obtaining an uninsured mortgage. The advance of the Hamilton index interrupted a run of five declines. The retreat of the Montreal index was the first in 14 months. This is not a concern, since the Greater Montral Real Estate Board reported the strongest sales in six years for the first two months of a year.
Canadian Income Survey, 2016
Canadian families and unattached individuals had a median after-tax income of $57,000 in 2016. Median after-tax income increased from 2011 to 2014, but held steady in 2015 and 2016. The slower growth in 2015 and 2016 was associated with the resource price slowdown, which began in the second half of 2014.
After-tax income is comprised of income from market sources and government transfers. Market income includes employment income, retirement income and income from investments, while government transfers include benefits to seniors, child benefits,
Employment Insurance benefits, social assistance and other benefits. While growth in overall median after-tax income slowed in 2015 and 2016, there was also a significant increase in government transfer income. Median income from government transfers rose from $5,800 in 2014 to $7,400 in 2016. About half of this rise was due to increased child benefits, which became a larger source of income for families with children.
In 2014, the median child benefit received by couple families with children were $2,500. This rose to $3,400 in 2015, and to $4,000 in 2016. For a lone-parent family, the median benefits rose from $5,100 in 2014 to $5,800 in 2015, and then to $6,400 in 2016.