What Does It Mean for Canadians’ Debt and Spending? : We invest in something with the knowledge that interest rates will always vary. Yet, sometimes we get caught by shock by them, particularly when they climb.
The Bank of Canada raised interest rates to 2.5% on July 13, 2022. This increase exceeded the previous rate of interest by 100 basis points.
What could the increase in interest rates imply for your everyday money, then? This article will discuss every effect of Canada’s interest rate hike.
A nation’s central Bank determines the official interest rate for the nation. For Canada, the Central Bank is the Bank of Canada. Financial institutions charge their customers a specific rate of interest. The interest rates set by the Bank of Canada regulate such rates that other banks charge. All these interest rates impact your expenditure on:
2. car loans
3. debt consolidation loans
4. other requirements and forms of credit
The Bank of Canada increased its policy rate to 2.5% on Wednesday from 1.5%. It, thus, increased the interest rate by 100% or 100 basis points in total. This was the Bank’s biggest increase since August 1998, a higher increase than anticipated. The Bank now expects inflation to average approximately 8% through mid-2022.
Borrowers of variable-rate loans are the ones who would feel the brunt of a rise in interest rates. These loans could include some mortgages and other credit lines. When it comes time to renew the loan term, some fixed-rate loans may also feel the heat.
Here are a few debts, including how they may get affected by increasing interest rates:
1. FIXED MORTGAGE RATE
This is in case you receive a fixed and permanent mortgage rate. If yes, keep paying that rate for the length of your term. Thus, you may not need to pay extra each month yet. But, if renewal is imminent, you’ll find it difficult to lock in the current mortgage rate when it rises.
2. VARIABLE MORTGAGE RATES
This recent hike will impact you in other ways if you have a variable-rate mortgage. Your payments could rise over the following month, and this would be to reflect the increased prime rates.
3. STRESS TEST FOR NEW BORROWERS
To pass the stress test, borrowers must prove that they will be able to pay for a mortgage at the higher of the two rates:
a) their Bank gives the rate
b) the static 5-year rate established by the Bank of Canada.
Due to this increase, new home buyers may find the stress test a little more complicated.
The fixed interest rates on the majority of credit cards are 19.99%. This proves to be an existing financial burden on most budgets. Such interest rates are, though, often unaffected by interest rate increases. Except if you fall behind on your repayments, that is.
The interest on your credit card payments may be up by 5% or more if you don’t meet the least payments due each month. You won’t experience any adverse effects from a nationwide interest rate rise. This is if you continue making all your card payments on schedule.
The interest rates on vehicle debts are constant, like those on credit cards, and you thus pay a specific interest rate. Therefore, an increase in interest rates won’t have as big of an impact on you.
Debt consolidation loans may have a fixed or a variable rate of interest based on the par value. Your least monthly payment will rise when the prime rate increases. This is if your loan has a variable rate. But it won’t if it has a fixed rate. Yet, when the prime rate rises, anyone seeking such a loan with a fixed interest rate could end up paying more.
It’s crucial to remember that interest rates are still at historic lows, even after the latest hike.
The Bank is increasing rates to control the rising inflation rate. At 7.7% inflation in May 2022, prices hit a 40-year high.
The Bank of Canada has declared that it will keep raising interest rates. Try to cut back on your expenditures so you can pay off your debt. You can always try to make some savings and curtail your expenses. Any rate increase will thus have the least detrimental effect on your money.