The BoC’s latest rate cut has done little to accelerate household borrowing, says Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist, CIBC.
“It’s not as exciting anymore,” notes Tal, because rates have been low for so long and consumers are used to this low interest-rate environment.
Meanwhile, the loonie dropping has helped drive Canada’s manufacturing sector. “This is the time for manufacturing to shine … it’s a good investment,” he adds at a CIBC Renaissance event held yesterday in Toronto.
For more on Tal’s economic updates, see our live tweets below. And, follow @advisorca for more news and events coverage.
Live tweets from CIBC Renaissance Roadshow
We’re 6 years into recovery, interest rates still 0%, this is not a recovery, says Tal @cibc
The bad is that we’re facing deflationary fears because China slowing, and because of a currency war @cibc. The good is that U.S. consumers and U.S. housing are strong, says Tal
“What we’ve seen in the energy space is nothing short of a black swan,” he adds. Oil price decline was the black swan, but why? To create alternative energy investment
In fact, says Tal, alternative energy investment makes oil more relevant: when oil is $100, you’re more motivated to invest in alternative energy @cibc
If oil prices are still set to rise, I will not invest, I will wait; shale oil could be the new producer
On the U.S.: Tal says manufacturing is slowing because the dollar is rising. And, unemployment for young people is falling, while housing [prices] are rising
Overall, you have a situation in U.S. where we’re not in any emergency. So there’s no need to keep interest rates at 0%, says Tal says. Rates should be higher.
Canada’s debt-to-income ratio is 165%. But that number is a lot of noise, says Tal @cibc
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