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Relation between inflation rates and interest rates

In Canada, as of the time of writing this question, the: Key interest rate is 1.00% (source) The inflation rate is 1.50% (source) In India, at the time of writing, the: Base interest rate is ...
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4answers
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What evidence is there that rising interest rates causes Canadian condo prices to go down?

I live in Toronto Canada where condos are extremely expensive. I'm willing to wait 2-3 years to build up down payment to buy a condo. I'm hoping within the 2-3 years, interest rates will go up by 1-2% ...
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1answer
112 views

How can a bank offer a higher interest rate for a savings account than for a GIC?

At this link on rates offered by ICICI, the TFSA savings account rate currently being offered is 1.8% but the GIC rate being offered is 1.75%. But why would anyone put money in a GIC and lock it up ...
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1answer
117 views

Difference between bank rate and prime rate

What is the difference between the bank rate and the prime rate? The prime rate is the rate at which banks lend each other money, but what is the bank rate?
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1answer
246 views

How often does the prime interest rate change

How often does the prime interest rate change? Will it only change when the new budget comes out or can it change anytime? I am interested to know this because all other interest rates (i.e mortgage ...
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4answers
309 views

Whether to prepay mortgage or invest in stocks

If at the end of the year, I have 10k in hand that I want to save/invest and these are my options: 1.Prepay into mortgage. Rate is 2.1% 2.Invest in stocks and I know I can get at least 7 % return. ...
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1answer
120 views

Why do short-term term deposits and GICs pay more than longer ones?

ING Direct is currently offering 2.5% interest for a 90-day GIC, 1% for 180 days, and 1.5% for 270 days. What would be the advantage of locking my money in for longer if I'm just going to get paid ...
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6answers
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What are the advantages of paying off a mortgage quickly?

What are the advantages of paying off the mortgage quickly?? Sure, not paying interest and truly owning your house is great, but then the money is tied in a fixed asset, and if you want to get at ...
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2answers
364 views

Does the interest rate on a savings account always fluctuate? What about for a TFSA?

When we say 'Savings Account', does it automatically mean that the interest rate can go up and down? So by that definition, the interest rate on TFSA can go up and down any time?
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1answer
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Compounding difference between these TFSA Savings Account & TFSA GIC interest rates?

From the brochure of my bank, here is an excerpt: Interest on the TFSA Savings Account is calculated daily and paid monthly. Interest on TFSA GICs is compounded annually and paid at the end of ...
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1answer
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What kind of information can I use when trying to convince my bank to lower the interest rate on my line of credit?

I'm looking to lower the interest rate on my line of credit, and, before calling up my bank, I am wondering what kind of information I should have prepared that I can use as arguments when trying to ...
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4answers
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Can I take advantage of lower interest rates while I'm stuck in a fixed-rate mortgage?

Interest rates across Canada are gradually creeping up, but they're still incredibly low compared to when I started my 5.79% fixed rate mortgage a few years ago. Several lenders still seem to be ...
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1answer
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With interest rates beginning to ascend, is it better to lock in a mortgage at fixed rate or opt for variable rate?

With the interest rates beginning to ascend, is it better to lock the house mortgage at a fixed rate or to opt for a variable rate mortgage? Thanks in advance for the sage advice that is shared here.
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Can I charge interest on money that I have lent out, even though I am not a financial institution?

On the news a couple of years ago, in BC, they said that if you are NOT an financial institution, it was illegal to charge interest on any money that you have lent out. Now I live in Alberta. And ...