14 Nov

Bank of Canada Signals Extended Duration of Higher Interest Rates


Posted by: James L James

Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Rogers of the Bank of Canada has advised Canadians to brace for the likelihood of prolonged higher interest rates, attributing the shift to global adjustments and the diminishing factors that kept rates low during the pandemic. Rogers stressed the importance of proactive adjustments to safeguard the financial system’s resilience, noting a significant decline in consumer spending and borrowing in response to the unprecedented rate increases over the past 16 months.

Despite the slowdown in household credit growth, Rogers highlighted the potential ongoing strain on mortgage holders with fixed payments as interest rates persist at elevated levels, particularly during the upcoming 2026 renewal cycle.

Rogers acknowledged that the forces that maintained record-low interest rates, such as increased savings by aging baby boomers and emerging economies joining the global market, are waning. She pointed out that the recent economic adaptation to higher rates necessitates continued proactive adjustments. While there is currently a modest increase in financial stress among households with mortgages, Rogers cautioned that the impact on mortgage borrowers with fixed payments is likely to persist, with a significant number facing potentially higher payments by the end of 2026.

Published by Steve Huebl


7 Nov

Canada’s Labor Market Stumbles: Implications for Interest Rates and Economy


Posted by: James L James

The recent Canadian jobs report for October signals a weakened labor market, diminishing the likelihood of further interest rate hikes by the Bank of Canada. The report reveals minimal job gains, a decline in full-time employment, stagnant working hours, and a slight easing in wage inflation. Most notably, the unemployment rate increased to 5.7%, the highest level in 21 months, raising concerns about the country’s economic strength. Given the underwhelming employment figures and the expectation of the economy moving into excess supply, it appears that the central bank’s policy rate has likely peaked at 5.0%.

The labor market’s challenges are further emphasized by a decrease in job vacancies and a rising unemployment rate. Despite this, the labor force participation rate remains relatively high, indicating that there is a significant pool of individuals either employed or actively seeking work. Job gains were observed in the construction sector, but economically sensitive sectors, such as manufacturing, retail, and finance, experienced job losses.

Wage inflation remains a concern for the Bank of Canada, with average hourly wages seeing a 4.8% increase in October. Looking ahead, the Bank of Canada is unlikely to make any rate adjustments at its December 6th meeting, considering the forthcoming economic reports and their tendency to avoid rate changes during the holiday season.

In the United States, a weaker employment report also suggests that the Federal Reserve will maintain a pause in interest rate adjustments for the remainder of the year. While rate relief may be on the horizon, it is expected to be several months away, with central banks likely to wait for sustained 2% inflation before considering interest rate cuts, possibly not until next summer. According to market expectations, a 25-basis point rate cut by the Bank of Canada is anticipated in July, marking a shift from previous predictions of a rate cut in September.

Published by Sherry Cooper