TD, National join big Canadian banks lowering their fixed mortgage rates

By The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Three more Canadian lenders say they will lower some of their fixed rate mortgages as nervous investors move to bonds, causing a drop in long-term interest rates.

TD Bank (TSX:TD), National Bank (TSX:NA) and Desjardins Group said Wednesday that their fixed five-year closed rates will drop 0.1 of a point to 5.34 per cent, effective Thursday.

The move follows similar announcements from Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY) and Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) on Tuesday.

Four-year rates will fall 0.15 percentage points to 4.99 per cent across the board.

Seven-year rates will move 0.2 percentage points lower to 6.14 at TD and to 6.4 per cent at Desjardins and the others, but will be unchanged at National, whose 10-year closed rate will fall 25 basis points to 6.4 per cent.

Fixed mortgage rates, which are closely tied to bond markets, tend to fall when traders shift investment activity from riskier equity assets toward bonds, which are considered safer.

Investors have been jittery over fears that a potential nuclear disaster in Japan could severely derail the global economic recovery.

In February, many of Canada's big banks moved to raise their fixed mortgage rates as investors grew more confident about investing in equity markets and the global economy appeared stronger.

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