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Canada's Interest Rates May Drop To Zero

The Bank of Canada may cut interest rates to zero in the next six to 18 months as a rising Canadian dollar threatens the recovery, according to Fidelity Investments’ David Wolf. Rebounding oil prices...
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The Present State of Real Estate

This year promises to be particularly exciting for real estate investors. For the first time in many years, we may actually see the interest rates creep up from their historical lows. The head of the US Federal Reserve, Ms. Janet Yellen, indicated on numerous occasions that the rates would go up incrementally as their quantitative easing was coming to an end.
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What the Sheer Volume of Japan's Debt Really Means

Japan's net financial liabilities used to take it off the hook. However, they too have soared, and now stand well above Greece's, at 140 per cent, and rising. Many will argue that although these ratios seem impossibly high, the debt is mostly domestically owned, and thus not vulnerable to jittery foreign financial markets, currency fluctuations and the like.
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BoC Will Cut Rates Again: Bank

OTTAWA - The squeeze of the oil slump is prompting one of Canada's biggest banks to slash its 2015 forecast for the country's economy and warn that another interest-rate cut could be on the way.TD Ban...

Should We Stop Worrying About Higher Interest Rates?

Since peaking in July 2007, prior to the 2008 credit crisis, interest rates have fallen and have remained at their lowest level in two generations. Experts predict that this could be the year that interest rates finally start to increase. The question is, should we really care?
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Get Ready For Interest Rate Shock

2015 is expected to be the first time in five years that benchmark interest rates are moved upwards, increasing the cost of borrowing. The U.S. Federal Reserve will go first; the Bank of Canada is exp...
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BMO Starts Another Mortgage War

TORONTO - The Bank of Montreal has slashed its five-year fixed mortgage rate to 2.99 per cent in a move that some real estate experts say will soon force the other major banks to follow suit."Usually...

This Economic Cycle's Oxymoron: More Growth, Less Cash

Cash has been plentiful in emerging markets. Between 2009-2012 as quantitative easing ramped up, there was a massive expansion in borrowing on global bond markets by emerging market (EM) sovereigns, banks and companies. As a result, EM economies are now closely integrated into global debt markets, and thus more affected by actions taken in Developed Markets (DMs), particularly the withdrawal of quantitative easing (QE).
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Uh Oh: BoC Lowers Forecast

OTTAWA - Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says he has not ruled out a future cut to interest rates despite evidence disinflationary pressures appear to be waning and his belief that the global an...