This update Courtesy of Marjan Watt of AM Financial Services (604) 603-9119:
As you know, your variable rate mortgage and lines of credit are based on the Prime Rate.  Here is an update on the recent Bank of Canada announcement on changes to their Overnight Rate which in most cases impacts your Prime Rate.


At 9:00 am EST, September 7th, 2011, the Bank of Canada did what we expected them to do… they maintained their overnight rate.  What this means to you is that the prime rate on your mortgage or line of credit will not change and remains at 3.00%.  This is great news as you still have a great low rate and so continue to make the most of the low payments


Here is an excerpt of the announcement from the Bank of Canada and what they had to say about their decision:

The global economic outlook has deteriorated in recent weeks as several downside risks have been realized. The European sovereign debt crisis has intensified, a broad range of data has signalled slower global growth, and financial market volatility has increased sharply. Recent benchmark revisions show that the U.S. recession was deeper and its recovery has been shallower than previously reported.   Canadian net exports are now expected to remain a major source of weakness, reflecting more modest global demand and ongoing competitiveness challenges, in particular the persistent strength of the Canadian dollar.”

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