The biggest challenge in the markets remains the uncertainty presented by the European debt crisis. With such a wide range of possible outcomes, capital markets are behaving in a much more cautious manner and this is likely to continue into the foreseeable future as Europe's leaders continue to take baby steps toward a potential resolution of those problems.
In the meantime, spreads at which mortgages can be sold in the market will remain at the wider levels that have been observed since the start of September.
The bond yield continues to create uncertainty in when it comes to how lenders price their fixed rates. As a result of this, and in addition due to the time of year, the spread has increased (from 1.75-1.95) to 1.85 – 2.10.
3 Year Fixed 2.99%
4 Year Fixed 2.99%
5 Year Fixed 3.29%
3 Year Variable Prime - .10%
5 Year Variable Prime - .20%
5 Year Cash Back for down payment (100% Financing) 5.29%
Lenders Prime Rate: 3.00%
Upcoming Bank of Canada meeting’s scheduled for: December 6, January 17, March 8
Canadian 5 year bond yields markets -0.09100 bps to 1.41600. The spread (based on the 5 year rate published rate of3.39%) is at mid-range at 1.974. The spread based on the 5 year fixed rate special of 3.29% is at the low end of the comfort zone at 1.874%.
THe rate of return on the bond can be read through a yield curve. If there is an increase in bond yield that continues to go up, the lenders spread will shrink which could be a trigger for interest rates to rise. Alternatively if the bond goes down the increase in the spread usually triggers a rate reduction.
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