Wednesday, 08 April, 2020

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Author: Daniel Wong


Canadian insolvency filings have been pushing to new highs recently. Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada (OSB) data shows insolvencies rising quickly in February. Filings over the past year are now at the highest level since 2010, with growth accelerating… and this is before the pandemic was declared Canada Insolvency Filings Reach Highest Level Since 2010 Canadian insolvencies are Read more…


Canadian households didn’t need incentive to borrow, as credit growth was already accelerating. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows the outstanding balance of household debt reached a new high in February. The rise of debt was due entirely to inflating mortgage balances. Consumer credit, the other major segment, continued to nosedive – printing a second monthly drop. Canadian Households Owe Read more…


Canada’s restaurant apocalypse is bad, and about to get a lot worse in the next few weeks. Restaurants Canada estimates the industry lost 800,000 jobs in March, and a tenth of restaurants have already permanently closed. The organization is forecasting Canada will lose almost a third of restaurants by month end. Why Do You Care? The restaurant industry is one Read more…


Canadian real estate markets were busier than usual at the beginning of last month. This helped to push mortgage debt higher, even though the back half of the month was halted due to the pandemic. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows outstanding mortgage credit reached a new high in February. The year-over-year growth is now the highest in two years… Read more…


Canadian debt is becoming very cheap, very rapidly – and it’s not a great sign. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows the effective interest rate paid by households fell to a monthly year low on March 20. The decline from a year ago is the fastest we’ve seen rates drop during this period, since the Financial Crisis. Canadian Household Effective Read more…


It was a slow holiday, but Canadian seniors are back to tapping their  home’s value for cash. Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) filings show reverse mortgage debt reached a new high in January. The new high came with a sharp acceleration in growth, but the rate is in line with historic numbers. Reverse Mortgages Reverse mortgages are Read more…


Canadian homeowners were buckling down on the spending ahead of the pandemic. Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) data shows the balance of loans secured by residential real estate, such as HELOCs, made a tiny move in January. The movement, the weakest in over half a decade, saw the balance fall from all-time highs. Canadians Secured Over $303 Read more…


Canada’s national statistics agency is estimating monster growth for population. Statistics Canada (Stat Can) population estimates show fast growth in Q1 2020. The population is now estimated to be growing at the fastest pace in 3 years. Canada’s Population Estimate Grows At Fastest Rate Since 1990 Canada’s population is growing at the fastest pace in decades, according to estimates. The Read more…


All hail the return of cheap money for Canada, it’s been weeks. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows the effective interest rate paid by households dropped to a multi-year low as of March 6, 2020. The rate is now the lowest seen in over two years, having taken one of the biggest declines in at least seven. Household Effective Borrowing Read more…


Canadian household credit is on a tear, accelerating growth and setting a new record high. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows the balance of household debt made a big advance in January. The increase was driven entirely by mortgage debt however, as the balance of consumer debt fell to a 6 month low. Canadian Households Owe Over $2.27 Trillion In Read more…


Canadian seniors pushed another segment of debt to a new milestone. Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) filings show reverse mortgage debt hit a new all-time high in December. The high is the first time reverse mortgages reached a balance of over $4 billion. Reverse Mortgages For those that don’t know, a reverse mortgage is an equity release Read more…


Canadian households and businesses are falling underwater, despite a booming real estate market. Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada (OSB) data shows a big climb for insolvency filings in January 2020. The big jump in filings helped to push the month’s numbers to the highest level since 2010. Canadian Insolvencies Rise To Highest Level Since 2010 Canadian insolvencies are Read more…


Canadians are becoming a little more cautious about using their homes like ATMs. Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) filings show loans secured by residential real estate slowed dramatically in December. This segment of debt has been slowing in growth over the past year. Recently, the balance has begun negative real growth. Canadians Have Over $304 Billion In Read more…


Canadian mortgage debt had a strong start to the year. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows outstanding mortgage credit reached a new high in January. Mortgage credit is now growing at nearly the rate it was before stress testing was introduced. Canadians Now Have Over $1.63 Trillion In Mortgage Debt Canadian mortgage debt ripped to a new record high at Read more…


Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) is increasingly being driven by real estate. Statistics Canada (Stat Can) data shows the FIRE sector was a huge contributor to GDP growth in Q4 2019. In fact, the industry now represents a new record for its size of GDP, beating out the 2016 record. Finance, Real Estate and Insurance Now At Highest Level of Read more…