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Time almost up at the all-you-can-eat buffet?

Canada’s current debt binge has some sounding the alarm on rate hikes. According to Macquarie Capital the unprecedented rise in consumer debt means the Bank of Canada’s (BoC) rate-hiking cycle is already the most severe in 20 years and further increases will have far graver consequences than conventional analysis shows. Assuming just one further rate […]

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Worry = Higher Interest Rates + Covering Monthly Bills

According to a recent Ipsos poll conducted by MNP LTD., Canadians are increasingly worried about their ability to repay their debts. Since interest rates first rose in July, households across the country have noticed their budgets tightening as they struggle to keep up with expenses and manage other rising costs. Jumping eight percent since September, […]

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Thinking wisely and acting foolishly

A new CIBC survey shows a quarter of Canadians say paying down debt is their top personal finance priority for 2018 as has been for the previous seven years. And we know how well that’s been working out for households in this country. So is there any reason to believe next year will be different? […]

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We’re on the Hook for the Lack of Prudence of Others!

As Canadian household debt hit an all-time high in 2017  a new study by TD Bank finds that 97% of Canadian homebuyers say they wish they’d factored in their other financial obligations when determining the mortgage they could afford. (Too bad their mortgage broker/architect/advisor was not required to factor these ‘obligations’ into their loan approval consideration either.) We […]

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Canadian Consumers Rightfully Showing Concern Over Rising Interest Rates

According to a recent Ipsos poll conducted by MNP LTD., the increased cost of borrowing due to rising interest rates is causing many Canadians to re-evaluate their relationship with debt. Seven in 10 people who responded to the survey say higher interest rates will cause them to think twice about how they spend their money, […]

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I want to do right, just not right now

A new poll from CIBC finds that paying down debt is once again the top financial priority for Canadians in 2017, the seventh straight year that debt concerns have headlined the annual survey. Coming in at nearly 30 per cent, prioritizing debt repayment is at its highest level since 2010. According to the latest data […]

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Y U No Listen?!

As MacLean’s Jason Kirby points out, the Bank of Canada, in a clear sign of desperation, has taken to YouTube to warn Canadians about the dangers of too much debt and unrealistic house price expectations. He wonders, however, whether anyone will listen considering on growing housing bubbles in some regions and household debt ratios continuing […]

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House of Cards

Back in September it was reported that for the first time ever, the level of debt held by Canadians has exceeded the country’s gross domestic product as the red ink spilled over in the second quarter to 100.5 per cent of GDP, up from 98.7 per cent during the previous three-months. At the same time, […]

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The Sordid Love Affair Continues

Canadian household debt soared to a record high in the second quarter, as rock bottom interest rates continued to encourage heavy borrowing. The ratio of debt to disposable income rose to 167.6 per cent in the three months to June, topping the first quarter’s 165.3 per cent and eclipsing last year’s record, according to Statistics […]

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Delinquent and Angry

As widely reported last week in the mainstream media delinquency rates in Alberta and Saskatchewan climbed higher in the second quarter allegedly due to the fallout from the drop in the price of oil. Equifax Canada reported this past week that the delinquency rate for Alberta stood at 1.4 per cent, up 40.3 per cent […]

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