Households struggle as lenders hike rates

By Steve Randall
If the Bank of Canada decides to increase interest rates this week it will pile further pressure on millions of already-struggling households, while some lenders are already making changes to rates.

A survey from insolvency firm MNP reveals that almost half of respondents are within $200 of being unable to meet their monthly financial obligations.

The report shows that a third of households are already unable to meet their monthly costs with a similar share concerned about their levels of debt, 38% regretting taking on so much debt, and 55% not expecting to have a debt-free retirement.
Four in ten Canadians are concerned that they would be in financial trouble if interest rates rise much more; a third could be facing insolvency.

The Financial Post reports that RBC, TD and CIBC have all increased mortgage rates with 5-year fixed rate loans now above 5%.

Many economists are expecting BoC Governor Stephen Poloz to announce the first interest rate rise of 2018 on Wednesday.

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