Basix Hedge News - interest rates


This is the only thing that matters in the Fed’s announcement today

Analysis: Markets have already priced in tapering of bond purchases, but if the Fed cuts its unemployment target get ready for a buying spree

Housing prices being propped up by low interest rates

Low borrowing costs and balanced market conditions have brought buyers to the Canadian housing market, although slowing job growth and a recent jump in mortgage...

No signs of interest rate thaw from Bank of Canada’s Poloz

Three years after the Bank of Canada froze borrowing costs, there is still no sign of a thaw

Canadians’ homes are getting less affordable, but we still keep buying

Home ownership has become less affordable for the average Canadian, but that hasn’t stopped many from jumping into what may already be an overpriced market,...

Your pension: Is now the time to take the cash instead?

If you are retiring with a fixed or defined benefit pension, it might make more sense in today's low interest rate environment to grab the...

Why homebuyers should go short on amortizations

If you’re buying a home or renewing your mortgage this year, save money and reduce your risk by cutting your amortization as much as you...

The Fed’s tricky QE3 escape

Ben Bernanke may have a tough time convincing investors that the end of the central bank’s bond buying won’t constitute a move toward tighter policy...

Off target on inflation

Bloomberg New Fed strategy recalls the same low-for-long advice to Greenspan that triggered U.S. housing bubble The U.S. Federal Reserve Board made headlines around the...

John Crow: No virtue in expanding BoC’s role

The Bank of Canada should concentrate on inflation, not financial regulation, says former Bank of Canada governor John Crow

Insurers buying up firms’ pension plan risk as obligations loom

Canadian insurance companies are throwing a lifeline to businesses stressed out by looming pension obligations — for a price

What if interest rates went even lower?

Everybody thinks interest rates have nowhere to go but up. What if they can go down? Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney signalled Tuesday he...

Philip Cross: The malinvestment crisis

Rates should be raised, even at risk of recession If it’s five years into the crisis, we must be in ­Austria. William White was the...

Canadian rates could rise ‘well before the end of 2013’: report

There are signs Canadians are trying to get household debt under control, and the Bank of Canada could respond by raising interest rates "well before...

Loonie hits 2-month high on stimulus bets

Canada’s dollar strengthened to a two-month high versus its U.S. counterpart as speculation the Federal Reserve and Chinese government will take steps to boost economic...

Terence Corcoran: Let markets replace LIBOR

Central bankers are rushing in where they have failed before When it comes to fixing interest rates, nobody knows the game better than central bankers....

Why no Canadian is safe from interest rate increases

Whether you’re a high-net-worth investor or a heavily indebted young family, the commentary issued by the Bank of Canada and its highlights are noteworthy. The...

China cuts interest rates for first time since 2008

China’s central bank cut benchmark interest rates by 25 basis points in a surprise move today to shore up slackening economic growth, its first rate...

Loonie gains as BoC signals hike

Canada’s dollar strengthened from almost a six-month low after central bank policy makers said they may raise interest rates with the domestic economic recovery proceeding...

Dismal economic data set to cool Bank of Canada’s hawkish tone

Disappointing economic data on two fronts Friday will likely cool hawkish language from the Bank of Canada when it makes its interest rate announcement next...

Home ownership getting less affordable in Canada

The problem will only get worse once the Bank of Canada begins raising interest rates, RBC economists warn