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The Case For A Variable Rate When Rates Are Rising

It’s been a great ride! Canadian homeowners have been benefiting from ultra-low interest rates over the last two years. Unfortunately the time has come: the rate climate is starting to heat up. As the Prime lending rate starts to gradually increase toward more normal lending rates of 5% to 6%, do variable-rate mortgages still make sense? Of course the answer depends on your own personal situation, but there are definite compelling reasons to choose variable. Fixed-rate mortgages play a significant role with many Canadian homeowners, particularly those who may lose sleep wondering what will happen next with rates. Fixed mortgages are also ideal for those on a very tight budget; a fixed rate gives you the security of knowing exactly how much your mortgage will be so you can plan accordingly. Many first-time homebuyers choose a fixed-rate mortgage for this reason For those who are not on a tight budget, a variable-rate mortgage can be a wise financial move, even in a rising rate envi


Bank of Canada raises interest rate | Tuesday, 1 June 2010 After more than a year at a record low level, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney raised the benchmark interest rate for the first time since 2007 by one-quarter percentage point to 0.5 per cent. This is the first time since 2007 that that rate has increased and the Bank of Canada is the first in the Group of Seven to do so since the financial crisis and recession began in 2008. In a statement Carney emphasized that the increase should not be interpreted as just the first of more to come. "This decision still leaves considerable monetary stimulus in place, consistent with achieving the 2 per cent inflation target in light of the significant excess supply in Canada, the strength of domestic spending and the uneven global recovery,'' the central bank said. ``Given the considerable uncertainty surrounding the outlook, any further reduction of monetary stimulus would have to be weighed carefully against domestic an