Bank of Canada Rate Hikes Explained

Bank of Canada Rate Hikes Explained

Bank of Canada Rate Hikes Explained

How Will Rising Rates Impact Your Finances?

Thursday, August 31, 2023

In July of this year, The Bank of Canada increased its target for the overnight rate to 5%, with the Bank Rate at 5¼% and the deposit rate at 5%. This comes only weeks after its early June decision to raise it to 4.75%. Today, we’ll be talking about this recent rate hike and how it might affect your finances. So, let’s dive right in!

The Bank of Canada often raises interest rates to manage the economy and maintain stability. These rate hikes are implemented when the central bank believes that the economy is growing at a fast pace, which could lead to inflation. By raising interest rates, they aim to slow down borrowing and spending, encouraging individuals and businesses to save and invest instead. This helps to prevent prices from rising too quickly and ensures the economy stays on track. This makes borrowing more expensive, reducing consumer spending and cooling down the economy. Through this measure, the central bank can effectively manage inflationary pressures and ensure long-term economic growth. Remember, the Bank of Canada’s actions are always in the best interest of maintaining a healthy and stable economy for all Canadians.

If you have a variable-rate mortgage or any other debt tied to the prime rate, you can expect to see an increase in your payments. Since borrowing costs rise, your lender will adjust your rate accordingly. On the bright side, savers may rejoice! Higher interest rates mean that you’ll earn more on your savings accounts and fixed-term investments. This could be a great opportunity to grow your nest egg or achieve your financial goals faster.

Here are some ways to maintain financial stability despite the impact of rising policy interest rates and inflation on your finances:

  • If you find that the price of food and gas has increased in the last year, it could be a good time to re-evaluate your priorities and update your budget.
  • If you’re planning to buy your first home, you might have to rethink your budget for the first few years because rising mortgage rates may change how much you can borrow. Click HERE to see the mortgage options YNCU offers.
  • If your mortgage rate expires in less than 6 months, an early renewal may be advantageous to secure a lower rate before the next increase, should the rates increase more, without penalty. For a loan coming with a longer term, you will need to take into consideration the penalty fees.
  • If you have a variable-rate mortgage, your monthly mortgage payments may increase. Fixed-rate loans will only be affected at the time of your renewal.
  • If you have savings at your disposal, this could be an opportunity. When stocks are down, it’s a good time to buy. In addition, some investments, such as guaranteed investment certificates (GICs), see their interest rates rise during a period of rising rates. GICs offer a guaranteed rate of return, so are a safe investment choice, even when the market feels unpredictable. Click HERE to check out YNCU’s current lending and investing rates.
  • If you’re concerned about your investments, discuss them with your financial advisor. Above all, don’t make hasty financial decisions. In a long-term strategy, it’s normal for the value of certain investments to fluctuate. Remember that just because rates are rising, or markets are volatile for a period, doesn’t mean your long-term financial plan has to change.
  • If you have debts, such as a line of credit, a personal loan, or a credit card balance to repay, prioritize paying off the ones with the highest interest rates first.
  • If you want to increase your cash flow or build an emergency fund, you may want to postpone certain projects, like a big trip or renovations.

Of course, it’s always wise to review your personal financial situation with a professional advisor who can provide tailored advice based on your specific needs. They can help you determine whether any adjustments need to be made to your budget or investments. While rate hikes might bring some challenges, they also offer opportunities. By staying informed and taking proactive steps towards managing your finances, you can navigate these changes with confidence.

For all your general financial inquiries and how you can plan out your financial goals, come and talk with an advisor at your YNCU branch!

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The Dos and Don’ts

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Being your own boss has crossed the minds of many, but entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone. Alongside the ability to work around your own schedule, be your own boss, spearhead the process of turning this passion of yours into a steady stream of income, and all the other benefits to working for yourself, it’s not always an easy road to travel. Starting your own business requires a lot of preparation, caution, courage, and patience. You must recognize that the success of your business depends on you, and this may come with small failures along your journey, but it can also become the best decision you ever made.

YNCU is dedicated to supporting small businesses in our communities and we want to see you succeed in making your lifelong dreams a reality. We’ve put together a few dos and don’ts to help guide you towards starting a small business. 


DO have genuine intentions. Businesses require a strong foundation built on a set of values and principles in order to succeed. If you create your small business with the sole purpose of making money and nothing else, the lack of purpose and direction will quickly become apparent to your clients/customers, employees, and vendors. It goes without saying that a profit has to be made but ensure your honest reasons for building this business extend beyond financial gain.

DO your research. Understanding your competitors is important for any startup. Take some time to look into similar businesses in your market. Try to get insights into how they operate, if they failed and why, who their customers are, their marketing practices, what area they’re servicing, etc. The more you know about your competition, the better prepared you are when it comes time to penetrate the market with your million-dollar idea!

DO take risks. Starting a business is a risk in itself, and almost every decision you make in this process will have some kind of risk attached. However, with the research you have gathered about your competitors, industry trends, and your target market, you can make calculated risks. Every successful business has taken risks to get to where they are, so don’t be afraid to do the same.

DO get your finances in order. No matter what, entrepreneurs need a tight financial plan outlining everything from how much you’re investing, what the return on investment might look like, and how exactly you plan to make a profit. Also be comfortable with the fact that you may not be making a profit in the early days. YNCU has experienced advisors that can help ensure your first financial steps are the right ones. Click here to speak to a YNCU business advisor to get started!

DO everything by the book. Proper bookkeeping, paying your taxes, abiding by rules and regulations, understanding policies, contracts, etc. – ensure you’re on top of it all and if you’re ever beginning to fall off, seek help from a professional. Get everything in writing and always remain professional. 

DO take time to get to know your clientele. Understanding your target market is essential when starting a new business by establishing a solid customer base that expands over time. Go beyond demographics and market trends. Dig deeper to find out who your customers are, what their needs are, and what their current problems are. What are you offering to meet their needs?

DO make yourself known to platforms who highlight small businesses in your area. Check out your local Chamber of Commerce, connect with groups on social media, and take advantage of networking events happening in your community.


DON’T get a big head. Being kind and humble when you work for yourself is important in building strong, trusting relationships with your customers, suppliers, and staff. These relationships are needed to efficiently run your business, which means having the right attitude can be what makes or breaks your small business. 

DON’T take your opinion as fact. Welcome constructive criticism with open arms. Be open to new ideas and advice, especially from those with hands-on experience. That being said, remember what your goals are and what you envision for your small business. Being open-minded doesn’t mean you have to do anything that steers you away from your overall vision. 

DON’T underestimate the cost of the startup process. Anything you’re budgeting for, ensure there is extra room. Don’t underestimate your ‘competition’. Understand that brand loyalty exists even with small businesses. Don’t underestimate the amount of time you will be putting into your business to ensure its success. 

DON’T ignore the current market. Keep on top of new industry trends, new products, new competition – be aware of everything that’s happening that may affect your business. Staying informed can give you that competitive edge that sets you apart from the rest.

DON’T take it personally. Growing your own business from the bottom up can lead to strong emotional ties to your “baby”. It’s important to remember that every entrepreneur experiences rejection, be it from investors, customers, partners, etc. Learn to keep your emotions (and your pride) separate from your business and don’t beat yourself up over things you can’t control.

Now go ahead and start that business plan! We have additional resources to help you get started or expand an existing small business. To learn about our business banking and service options, click here.

For all your general financial inquiries and how you can plan out your financial goals, come talk with an advisor at your YNCU branch!

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Friday, December 23, 2022

For many of us, the holidays quickly become a money-spending spree. Between the family get-togethers and the never-ending holiday activities, we can get a bit carried away (especially financially) and before we know it, we’re overspending and taking on debt. Not the best way to start a new year. Here are some tips on how to keep control of your finances this holiday season so you aren’t starting the new year with a financial disaster on your hands.

Create a Budget

If you haven’t done this already, create a list of all the gifts you NEED to purchase and how much you can afford to spend on each person. Give yourself a bit of wiggle room but make sure to stay within your set budget. Bring your list everywhere you go and check it often to ensure you don’t pass your limit. Don’t forget about all the other expenses that come with the holidays. There’s food, entertainment, holiday decorations, and travel costs to consider, as well. 

When you’re making your budget, make sure to cover all these expenses, in addition to your regular monthly expenses. Calculate how much you can afford to spend over the holidays and keep track of your spending to make sure you stay within your limit. By tracking your spending, you can also help yourself financially plan for the next holiday season and set some realistic boundaries for your expenditures. If at the end of the holidays there’s room left in your budget, consider putting it towards your existing savings plan or as a starting point for an emergency fund!

Be strategic with your gift giving

Consider buying the same gift for multiple people on your list, if you think it’s something they would enjoy. This enables you to take advantage of those buy-one-get-one deals, saving you time and money. You could vary gifts by choosing different colours, styles, or features. If you’re crafty, consider making your gifts. Not only does this add a personalized touch, it keeps you away from busy malls where you may be tempted to purchase things you don’t need.

Paying with your credit card is fun, until it’s not

Credit cards can be a useful tool to cover some of your holiday spending, if you’re using it correctly! It’s important to pay attention to your spending so you don’t end up wracking up a ton of high-interest debt. When creating your budget, keep in mind any existing debt you may have. If you plan to use your credit card, how much can you realistically pay off?

A good tip when buying gifts with your credit card is to consider your payment due date. Most Canadian credit cards have an interest-free grace period of about 21 days. If you know when your billing cycle ends, you can spread out your repayments by as much as 6 weeks by buying some items in one billing period and others in the next. But if you don’t think you can pay off your holiday debt before you start accumulating a ton of interest, it’s probably best to keep your credit card at home.

For all your general financial inquiries and how you can plan out your financial goals, come talk with an advisor at your closest YNCU branch!

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Friday, November 25, 2022

Eager to live on your own? Have plans to move out of your parents’ place? At YNCU we know how exciting it is to get your own place and start your own journey. We also know that school does not always prepare you for the financial responsibility that comes with moving out. We are here to help! Here are some financial tips on how to live on your own:


Budgeting is very important as it ensures you are able to buy your essentials and still have a little money on the side. Figure out how much money you are making monthly and what your monthly expenses are. From there you can allocate portions of your money to different areas and determine how much wiggle room you have each month. YNCU has helpful tools that will make this easy – like our household budget tracker and student budget tracker. Using these tools can ensure you are not running out of money before your next pay day.

Pay your bills on time

As important as it is to budget for your bills, it is equally as important to ensure you are paying these bills on time. By paying your bills on time with your credit card, you will build up good credit and have an easier time securing a loan in the future. Avoiding paying your bills can have negative consequences on your finances and can even lead to debt or late fees. Set yourself up for success by setting a reminder for yourself to pay your bills promptly every month.

Save each month

As you plan out your budget, make sure you are planning to save some money each month. This will help keep you financially stable. You never know when you may need to have a little extra money so plan to set some aside each month. These savings can go toward your retirement, paying off any debt or anything else that may happen. It is also a smart idea to plan for emergencies. Emergencies can happen at any time (take the pandemic for example) and you never know when unexpected costs will arise. YNCU can help you with planning your emergency savings account. Learn more about the Emergency Savings Plan here!

Monitor your financial transactions

Make sure you are keeping an eye on your financial transactions. Certain accounts may have fees for each transaction and you could be acquiring extra fees without realizing it. Be sure to check the details of your card (credit card limit, transaction fees, etc.) and plan accordingly. Monitoring your transactions can also help prevent fraud as you can report any transactions that were not made by you. Keeping a close eye will help keep your finances safe.

Make a plan before grocery shopping

Planning your meals before you go grocery shopping can help you avoid purchasing unnecessary groceries. Food costs are drastically rising so shopping with a purpose will ensure you are only getting the essentials. Try to avoid food waste by using whatever you have in the fridge before you go shopping. Cooking in bulk and freezing the leftovers is also a good way to save money on groceries and save you time on food prep.

Get advice

Try to learn as much about finances as possible. There are many external resources that can help you. Also make sure you ask for advice when you need it. Just because you are moving out on your own does not mean you can not ask for help. Chances are you are not a financial expert, so connect to people who are. At YNCU we have many experts who are happy to help!

For all your general financial inquiries and how you can plan out your financial goals, come talk with someone at your YNCU branch!

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Monday, November 14, 2022

At YNCU, we know entering the housing market is a daunting task. School does not prepare you for the financial risk you take when purchasing a home for the first time. We want to share with you some tips to help you enter the housing market, responsibly.

Do your homework

Before you do anything that involves a large portion of your finances it is important that you do the proper research. With high prices, rising mortgage rates, and low inventory, following trends in the housing market is extremely important. Learning the language related to real estate can be extremely helpful, including terms like “earnest money” which is the deposit you put down on the property you’d like to buy. The funds of this deposit go toward your down payment. Another need-to-know term is “appraisal contingency” which is a provision in your contract that allows you to back out if the appraisal price comes in lower than the sale price.

Learn about down payments A down payment is the amount of money you put toward purchasing your home. If your down payment is less than 20% of the price of your home, you must purchase mortgage loan insurance. The minimum down payment for a home is typically 5%. If you have poor credit you may be required to pay a larger down payment. It is essential to be aware of what the down payment is for the home you are about to purchase and if you are able to pay for it.

Check your debt and credit

Mortgage lenders will look at your debt and how much income you are making. If you have high debt and relatively low income, it is unlikely that you will receive a loan. This is important information to know before you begin searching for a mortgage loan. Any extra cash you have should be used toward paying off your debt before you can start looking for a house.

Another thing to look at is your credit score. Your credit will be a factor in determining what type of loan you will get. It will have an effect on the interest rates and possibly how much you will need for a down payment. Make sure you are working toward building good credit before you start looking for loans.

Know the extra costs

A lot of people enter the housing market without realizing all the extra costs aside from your mortgage and down payment. There are expenses such as closing costs, lawyers’ fees and changing the locks. There are also extra costs like hiring a home inspector, setting up utilities and buying insurance.

Talk to an expert!

Buying a home can be an overwhelming process, especially if it is your first time. Make sure you talk to your financial advisor to know what your options are and how to best prepare for entering the housing market. It is also important to ensure you have the financial ability to sustain owning a home. YNCU can help you to figure out the best options for your financial situation.

For all your general financial inquiries and how you can plan out your financial goals, come talk with someone at your YNCU branch!

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Friday, August 26, 2022

At YNCU, we know back-to-school can cause a lot of stress during this time of inflation. Rising costs have caused people to have to limit their spending and focus on the essentials. With the upcoming school year fast approaching, parents are concerned about how they are going to pay for these expenses.

A recent Deloitte study says that parents are planning to spend roughly $661 to prepare their families for back-to-school. More than 35% of respondents said they won’t be able to afford back-to-school spending this year. The study also stated that 33% of parents have said their financial situation has worsened over the last year, increasing 11% from 2021.

Schools have been unable to support parents through this difficult time because they themselves are pressed for funding. Some people have needed to work overtime in order to cover the cost of going back to school. Many parents and caregivers are unsure of how they will pay for all the supplies that are needed.

At YNCU we want to help take some of this stress off you by providing tips for the back-to-school shopping season:

Make a plan: Only buy things you need

Oftentimes it is easy to make a new list of school supplies every year and buy everything on that list. Make sure you are taking a look and what you already have from the previous school year. There is no need to buy a brand-new set of pens or rulers if you already have them. Ensuring you are not buying multiples of something that can be reused can help lower the cost of back to school. Teachers will also often provide a school supply list for their classroom, if something isn’t on the list, you don’t need to purchase it.

Set a Budget and Stick with It

Plan a reasonable budget for back to school. Keep your regular expenses in mind when you are creating a budget. Having a budget will ensure you are still meeting your financial goals. Just because your child’s backpack needs to be replaced does not mean you need to spend your entire back-to-school budget on a brand name one. Look for deals or discounts, and switching from your usual brand can be a good way to reduce cost.

It is also important to remember you are not forced to purchase materials for the whole year. It is okay to cut back and buy enough for the first half of the year and allow yourself time to save for the second half. Giving yourself this time will also allow you to stick to your budget and understand what your child is using the most or what they are not using at all. This way you can target your spending during the second half of the school year and reduce cost.

Shop Without Your Kids

We know your kids want to be a part of back-to-school shopping but oftentimes that makes the trip even more expensive. Your kids will beg for things that are not on the list or ask for brand name items. If you shop alone, you are able to ensure that you are only getting the essentials. If your kid really wants brand name items, pick up a couple of items they can wear often like a backpack or shoes. This way your child is able to get what they want but do not have to do a part of the process.

Refurbished Tech Gets the Job Done

Starting early can also help you find the best prices and deals for tech items. Tech is a much-needed item nowadays and people are always on the hunt for the best price. Purchasing refurbished computers or laptops is an option in order to stay within your budget. Laptops and computers can cost upward of $1000 brand new. Refurbished or second-hand technology can make a big difference in the cost of back to school and is also more environmentally friendly. Not everything has to be brand new for the new school year.

Buy in Bulk and Split with Friends

As the cost of almost everything is rising, school supplies are no different. Buying in bulk and splitting the cost with friends can make a huge difference in how much you spend. This can also make shopping more fun as you are able to go with your friends and decide what you both have on your list. Things like pens, pencils, rulers, and notebooks are things that almost all students need. So, if your child has friends from school, get their parents together to save cost on supplies.

Shop With a Cash Back Credit Card

When you are back to school shopping, use a cash back credit card. This way you are able to make money when you make purchases. YNCU has a Collabria no fee MasterCard that can help you with your back-to-school shopping!

For all your general financial inquiries and how you can plan out your financial goals, come talk with someone at your YNCU branch!