Personal Finance in the News – August 2020:
Here’s a summary of Money News in August 2020:
Read & Watch: For many unemployed Canadians, the biggest financial news comes by way of changes to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). There are many good articles out there on the topic, including these by CTV, Global News, and BNN-Bloomberg.
Read: Speaking of governments, lets talk about the CRA. Turns out there was a bit of a cyber attack which resulted in a privacy and data breach. It may be worth trying to log into your CRA account to find out if your information was impacted. This hack serves as a good reminder to use unique passwords for all online accounts, and to change your credentials regularly.
Read & Watch: If a sharp rally in the stock market wasn’t surprising enough for you, July’s rebound in Canadian real estate will shock you again. Of course, one month doesn’t make a trend. Still, rates are falling which may buoy prices, and stress test levels have fallen three times since the pandemic started.
Read & Watch: Canada’s real estate market may not be out of the woods, though. Canadian household debt-to-income remains at elevated levels. The head of the Canadian Housing & Mortgage Corporation also warned (or begged) banks to cut back on risky mortgages. Finally, in October the country may face a mortgage deferral cliff, as the program starts to run up against its six month expiration date.
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