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What's up with the rates!
Have you ever wondered what impacts interest rates other than the government wanting more of our money?
A monetary policy is established by the Bank of Canada with the goal of keeping the inflation rate near 2%. When the economy is strong and inflation increases over 2%, the Bank will raise interest rates to bring down the rate of inflation. When the inflation rate is less than 2%, the Bank lowers interest rates to stimulate the economy.
This monetary policy is what affects the prime interest rate which in turn has an impact on variable rate mortgages, lines of credit and interest-only products.
Many become concerned when interest rates go up and consider locking in their existing variable rate mortgage with a fixed rate product or renewing early. Depending on your situation, it may be a good solution but it also may cost you more in the long run. Another consideration is to review your existing debt including your mortgage, credit cards and lines of credit. It may make sense to consolidate your debt.
The bond market influences fixed rate mortgage rates and has an inverse relationship to the prime interest rate. That means when interest rates go up, the value of the bond market goes down. However, since the cost to purchase a new bond is based on current market conditions and is higher than the value of the existing bond, bond market interest rates go up. That’s why we are currently experiencing an increase in fixed rates while there has been an increase in the prime rate.
The next Bank of Canada review is September 5, 2007. We may see another increase of .25%. Our current prime interest rate is 6.25%. For more information go to www.bankofcanada.ca
My advice: keep an eye on the rates, get the best advice available, and follow your instincts.
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