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Canada real estate appreciation fuelled by expectations

Canada’s housing sector has been considered as among the most desired real estate in the world today, as reflected in the pricing and bidding wars in the country’s hottest markets. An analyst pointed out, however, that one shouldn’t expect this state of affairs to be sustainable in the long ru...

Interest rate shouldn’t be seen as main tool for financial stability: Central bank

by Andy Blatchford The Bank of Canada’s benchmark interest rate needs help in shoring up the financial system from growing risks like rising consumer indebtedness, deputy governor Timothy Lane said in a speech Monday. Increased government spending, also known as fiscal stimulus, and regulatory...

World of pain: Why investors need to know how macro-economic events affect the Canadian market

Investors did not have an easy time of it in 2015. From oil’s price slump despite rising and omnipresent tensions in the Middle East and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to a possible exit by Greece from the eurozone and technical recessions in Canada and Japan, stock and bond markets rode wave afte...

CMHC cites significant problems in Calgary

Calgary might have been experiencing a robust housing market in the past few months, but a recent assessment conducted by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) noted that the city’s apparent vitality is rooted on a weak foundation. The latest CMHC report released on Wednesday (January...

CMHC adds Calgary housing market to list of cities with ‘problematic conditions’

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. will tell you the housing market has what it calls “problematic conditions,” but one word the federal agency doesn’t like to use is “correction.” The Crown corporation released its quarterly House Market Assessment report Wednesday, saying that, based on a...

Canada markets are facing a turbulent 2016

With oil dropping to less than $30 per barrel and the Canadian dollar reaching its lowest levels in 15 years, the beleaguered Canadian economy is struggling to achieve stability this year despite the continued dynamism in the country’s real estate markets. Housing prices will rise by nearly 10 per...

Canada’s housing boom could soon come to an end

Two new forecasts out Wednesday suggest the Canadian housing market may still have a little more room to grow but the pace of price increases will slow in 2016. Fitch Ratings suggests prices across the country will grow by 2.5 per cent this year but the ratings agency also is concerned about downsid...

Does struggling economy have a silver lining for brokers?

Once again, the Canadian economy showed signs of struggle as the December jobs report showed gains only in Ontario, while jobs were flat or down in every other province. “We are likely to suffer continued weakness in the Canadian dollar and the underperformance of the Canadian stock market. Mortga...

Seniors look to their home for financing the future

Canadian seniors consistently report that they prefer to live at home and age in place, instead of moving to assisted living. Yet, they also report that financial challenges are the biggest hurdle to doing so. A recent report from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) shows that 93% of sen...

Real estate silver lining in year of ‘serial disappointments’ – Poloz

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz summed up the Canadian economy best by calling it “another year in the serial-disappointment series.” For investors in Canadian assets the disappointments ran the gamut from stocks to bonds to the currency as the collapse in commodity prices sapped growth ...

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