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Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Banks competing fiercely for borrowers

Canada’s banks are locked in a war of attrition this summer, grinding down mortgage rates and competing more fiercely for personal loans in an effort to steal customers from each other. Stuck in a market where the Canadian consumer is already highly leveraged and more concerned with paying down existing debt, the market for new […]

Lower Qualification Rates on Conventional Mortgages. A Trend?

One year after most banks started using posted rates to qualify conventional mortgages, we’re starting to see some loosening of those policies. Three weeks ago, Scotiabank lowered its conventional qualifying interest rates, and last week FirstLine (a division of CIBC) did the same. Lower qualification rates impact debt ratio calculations and make it easier for […]


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