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15 May 2018

The Spring Housing Market Is Off To A Slow Start

Posted by: Dr. Sherry Cooper

Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

April is usually the start of a spring housing market ramp-up, but this year the new mortgage stress test and rising mortgage rates have continued to be a negative factor. Those expecting an early-stage pick-up marking an end to the payback for sales pulled forward into the fourth quarter of last year have been sorely Read More

11 May 2018

Jobless Rate Remains At 40-Year Low As Wage Growth Accelerates

Posted by: Dr. Sherry Cooper

Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

Statistics Canada announced this morning that employment was virtually unchanged in April (down 1,100) following a surge in March and the unemployment rate remained at 5.8%–its lowest level in four decades. Wages growth accelerated signalling tight labour markets. April’s stall was only the second time since mid-2016 that the job market did not grow. On Read More

2 May 2018

Rates Held Steady Now, But Gradual Hikes Signalled

Posted by: Dr. Sherry Cooper

Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) met this week for the second time under the chairmanship of Jerome Powell. In a unanimous decision, the Committee left the target range for the federal funds rate unchanged at 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 percent. Unlike the Bank of Canada, which has a single objective of targeting inflation at roughly Read More

18 Apr 2018

Poloz Holds Rates, Sees More Room For Growth and Rising Inflation

Posted by: Dr. Sherry Cooper

Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

The Canadian dollar fell sharply immediately after the release of the Bank of Canada’s Official Statement providing a more bullish forecast for the economy while holding rates steady. The Bank hiked its estimate of noninflationary potential growth, implying there was more room to grow without triggering rate hikes. The central bank now suggests the economy Read More

16 Apr 2018

Canada’s Housing Market Continues Soft Landing

Posted by: Dr. Sherry Cooper

Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

Data released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show a small uptick in home sales nationally in March, their first monthly increase in three months. This comes on the heels of a more than 19% decline in the previous two months as the tighter mortgage stress-testing rules at federally regulated lenders have reportedly Read More

6 Apr 2018

Canada’s Jobless Rate Remains At A 40-Year Low

Posted by: Dr. Sherry Cooper

Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

Statistics Canada announced this morning that employment increased by a stronger-than-expected 32,300 in March, driven by full-time job gains. The unemployment rate was unchanged at a four-decade low of 5.8% indicating that the economy is at or near full employment. In the first quarter of 2018, employment edged down (-40,000 or -0.2%) reflecting a decrease Read More

21 Mar 2018

A More Hawkish Fed Was Expected

Posted by: Dr. Sherry Cooper

Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) met this week for the first time under the chairmanship of Jerome Powell. In a unanimous decision, the Committee hiked the target range for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 percent. Unlike the Bank of Canada, which has a single objective of targeting Read More

15 Mar 2018

Canada’s Housing Market Continues to Slow

Posted by: Dr. Sherry Cooper

Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

Data released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show a second consecutive dip in home sales across much of the country. Rising mortgage rates and tighter mortgage qualification rules have hit first-time homebuyers particularly hard, and activity was pulled-forward late last year in advance of the new OSFI rules. Existing home sales dropped Read More

9 Mar 2018

Canada’s Jobless Rate Returns To 40-Year Low

Posted by: Dr. Sherry Cooper

Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

Statistics Canada announced this morning that Canada’s jobless rate returned to a four-decade low as job growth rebounded, confirming that the jobs market is at or near full-employment. Canada added 15,400 net new jobs last month as the unemployment rate edged downward to 5.8%, its lowest level in records back to 1976. This follows January’s Read More

7 Mar 2018

Bank of Canada Concerned About Trade Risks

Posted by: Dr. Sherry Cooper

Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

The Bank of Canada held rates steady today, as expected, highlighting “trade policy developments” as an “important and growing source of uncertainty for the global and Canadian outlooks.” As the seventh round of NAFTA negotiations commenced in Mexico City, President Trump dropped a bombshell late last week, threatening to impose a 25% tariff on imported Read More

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