WEALTH Matters — FALL 2012


The graph below compares the top GIC rates from over 30 financial institutions for 1 to 5-year terms over the past four years. Rates were virtually unchanged in the 3rd quarter of 2012, except for the 1-year rate which recovered to its March level of 2%. (Source: Cannex Financial Exchanges Ltd.).

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The Bank of Canada’s Bank Rate has remained steady at 1.25% since September 2010 and the Bank has signaled that it would like to raise the short term rate if inflation shows signs of rising above the 1-3% target range. However, the graph below shows that inflation has been reducing during 2012 and is now near the bottom of the target range. (Source: Bank of Canada)

The Bank of Canada expects economic expansion to remain at 2-2.5% for the next year, and does not expect the economy to near capacity until near the end of 2013, so the likelihood of a rate increase before the second half of 2013 seems unlikely, especially given the slow growth projections for Europe and the US.

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