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Bank of Canada Outlook - Rate Alert
Check out the article and rate specials! RATE ALERT UPDATE Bank RatesTermOUR RATES 3.00 % Prime Rate 3.00 % 3.00 % 5 YEAR VARIABLE 2.80 % 3.35 % 1 YEAR CLOSED 2.74 % 3.60 % 2 YEAR CLOSED 2.74 % 4.15 % 3 YEAR CLOSED 2.89 % 4.34 % 4 YEAR CLOSED 3.09 % 4.99 % 5 YEAR CLOSED - 30 Day 3.24 % 5.29 % 5 YEAR CLOSED - 90 Day 3.29 % 5.69 % 5 YEAR CLOSED - 120 Day 3.29 % *Note: Rates are subject to change without notice and OAC. Please contactus for more information BoC Hints at “Withdrawal of…Stimulus” The Bank of Canada held the line today and left the country’s pace-setting overnight rate at 1% - ensuring prime holds at 3%. The news, however, is not what the BoC did, but what it hinted at doing. Governor Mark Carney and co. jostled expectations in their prepared statement, which said: Overall, economic momentum in Canada is slightly firmer than the Bank had expected in January. The economy is now expected to return to full capacity in the first half of 2013. The profile for inflation is expected to be somewhat firmer than anticipated. Europe is expected to emerge slowly from recession in the second half of 2012 In light of the reduced slack in the economy and firmer underlying inflation, some modest withdrawal of the present considerable monetary policy stimulus may become appropriate. This last point, in particular, has put the bond market on edge. As of this writing, 5-year yields are up sevenbasis points since this news broke, and up 10bps on the day. (Bond yields lead fixed mortgage rates.) Prior to this morning’s announcement, the market expected the Bank of Canada to move rates in early 2013. We could now start seeing some economists shift rate hike predictions to Q4 of this year. BMO has already moved up its forecast by six months to year-end 2012, according to BNN. The BoC will still want to see more data before pulling the trigger, however. Canada remains tightly constrained by cautious U.S. growth, and that growth has had a funny habit of disappointing after optimistic spurts in the spring. We also have the same contingent of Eurozone countries still battling ongoing solvency fears. Pending the next few months of domestic data, the storylines in the U.S. and Europe have the potential to continue weighing down Canadian rates. For now, today’s BoC decision to leave the overnight rate at 1% means that prime rate should remain at 3.00%. The nextBank of Canadarate meeting is June 5. Please contact me directly for free no obligation rate lock or full pre-approval Regards, Derek F. MacLean, Senior Mortgage Agent W: (613) 627-1045 C: (613) 304-7931 Email Us | www.mortgagesinthecapital.com Apply Now
Teranet–National Bank National Composite House Price Index
In October the Teranet-National Bank National Composite House Price IndexTM began the fourth quarter with a dip of 0.1% from the month before. The final quarter of the year is typically slow for the index, and the monthly decline was in line with the average of the last 10 Octobers, in five of which the index retreated. In short, it is too soon to herald a downward trend on the national home resale market. Indeed, if seasonal pressure were removed (seasonal adjustment), October would have been the third consecutive month of an underlying uptrend.
Pulling the composite down on the month were retreats in the indexes for Edmonton (-1.0%), Winnipeg (-0.4%), Toronto (-0.2%), Hamilton (-0.2%), Calgary (-0.1%) and Montreal (-0.1%). Pulling it up were Quebec City (0.1%), Vancouver (0.2%), Ottawa-Gatineau (0.2%), Victoria (0.7%) and Halifax (1.3%). For Vancouver it was a first monthly rise in 15 months, consistent with a strong revival of home sales since August. For Ottawa-Gatineau, October was the seventh consecutive monthly rise, for a cumulative surge of 9.8%. Victoria has also had a good run, with gains in six of the last seven months. For Halifax it was the 10th advance in 12 months. For Toronto, on the other hand, October ended a run of six monthly rises. Same story for the five-month runs of Montreal and Winnipeg. According to the most recent data, however, the resale market remains balanced in Toronto and favourable to sellers in Montreal.
Unemployment rate unchanged in October
Following two consecutive months of growth, employment held steady in October. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5%.
On a year-over-year basis, employment grew by 443,000 or 2.4%, driven by gains in full-time work. Over the same period, total hours worked were up 1.3%.
In October, employment increased in British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador, and was little changed in the other provinces.
Employment was down for men in the core working ages of 25 to 54, and grew for the population aged 55 and over.
Employment declined in manufacturing and construction. At the same time, employment was up in public administration and in finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing.
The number of self-employed workers decreased, while the number of employees in the public sector increased for the second consecutive month.