Rob Carrick, the personal finance columnist, for the Globe and Mail, had a recent column about how 5-yr GIC rates are related to the five-year Canada bond. For context, let’s take a look at the last 22 years of the Government of Canada 5yr benchmark bond yield.
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Today Wealth One Bank raised their 1yr, 2yr, 3yr, 4yr and 5yr GIC rates and is now number one in each term. These rates are available everywhere in Canada except Quebec.
Five year GIC rates have had a lot of action these past few months. With the Bank of Canada’s interest rate announcement next week (September 7th at 10am), I thought it would be timely to look at the five year GIC rates for all the financial institutions that WhatBank tracks for the period from January 1st to August 31st 2022.
The charts are arranged in descending order based on the rate on June 30th. For comparison, the average 5yr GIC rate on June 30th was 4.27%, with an average increase of +1.52% during the quarter.
Plots for Canadian high-interest savings rates from April 1st to June 30th, 2022 for the banks and credit unions that WhatBank follows. Out of the 29, 24 increased their rates, while five kept them flat.