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Rising rates and cooling market increase financial risk of home renovations

Hillary and Andrew Strack-Cheng with their kids Leland and Juniper in their home on June 22.Cole Burston/The Globe and Mail Home renovations can be unpredictable and anxiety-laden at the best of times. But soaring costs, rising interest rates, cooling home prices and uncertainty about Canada’s economic outlook are increasing the financial risks associated with a …

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Canada needs 5.8 million new homes by 2030 to bring prices down to affordable levels, CMHC says

New homes are built in a housing construction development in the west-end of Ottawa on May 6, 2021.Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press Canada needs an additional 5.8 million homes by the end of the decade to help lower average home costs and ensure households are not spending more than 40 per cent of their disposable income …

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Bank of Canada needs more restrictive interest rates to control runaway inflation

People shop at a Walmart Supercentre in Toronto on March 13, 2020. Canadian inflation accelerated to the highest rate in nearly four decades in May as calls broaden for policy-makers to find new ways of curbing runaway price growth.CARLOS OSORIO/Reuters With every new inflation report, the job facing the Bank of Canada gets that much …

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Bank of Canada says high inflation ‘keeping us up at night’

Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Rogers said on Wednesday that inflation in Canada was much too high and did not rule out a 75-basis-point increase at the central bank’s July decision. “We know inflation is keeping Canadians up at night. It’s keeping us up at night,” Rogers said at an event organized by …

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Higher rates but less inflation panic: What CIBC’s Benjamin Tal is predicting for stocks, home prices and the economy

Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist at CIBC Capital Markets, in Toronto on June 7, 2019.Tijana Martin/The Globe and Mail Mounting fears of a recession have gripped equity markets, with the S&P/TSX Composite Index now firmly in correction territory. The S&P/TSX is down 13 per cent from its record closing high of 22,087, reached on March …

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Monthly payments on variable-rate mortgages could increase as borrowers near their ‘trigger rate’

An obscure feature of variable-rate mortgages may push up the monthly payments for an increasing number of borrowers as the Bank of Canada aggressively hikes interest rates. It’s called the “trigger rate” – the interest rate level that, when surpassed, causes a mortgage holder’s monthly payments to change. The trigger rate has been largely ignored …

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Why housing costs are driving up inflation, despite the real-estate downturn

A house for sale in Ottawa on June 15.Spencer Colby/The Globe and Mail Canada’s housing market is plunging as higher interest rates scare off potential buyers. Even so, the effects of the slowdown are not showing up in the country’s red-hot inflation numbers. As the real-estate sector cools, the cost of owning or renting a …

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Looking for bargains amid the selloff? Consider bonds

Bonds haven’t been getting as much attention from investors as stumbling technology stocks and bitcoin during this year’s bout of financial market volatility, but some observers are now pondering opportunities in this beaten-up asset class. A key reason: Bond yields have soared to levels where they are now challenging dividend-paying stocks, offering investors a level …

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