As we hunker down at home, we are witnessing history that is reshaping life as we know it. Most of us never thought we’d experience a global pandemic on this scale.
I’ve been the President and CEO of HomeEquity Bank for over 20 years. We are a schedule 1, chartered bank with a single product: reverse mortgages that unlock the equity Canadians – aged 55 or older – have built in their homes.
Our business has given us a unique vantage point to the many changes that have taken place in the financial, mortgage and housing markets. One thing that has not changed, however, is the fact that homes are the single largest asset that most Canadian families hold.
This blog is designed to share our insight and perspective on the trends that are affecting that asset and its value. That extends to such related issues as managing debt, health care options, financial planning, government policy, capital markets and the impact of demographic shifts on the economy.
By engaging in this important dialogue, we collectively ensure that Canadians have the tools, resources and information to plan for and enjoy a stable, worry-free retirement.
The HomeEquity Bank Note
COVID-19 is most dangerous for those 65 and up, and that’s a big portion of Canadians. As of 2018, 15% of Canadians were 65 and older, and 29% were baby boomers just hitting retirement age.
It’s hard to imagine that amid a global pandemic, while millions of people around the world struggle to stay healthy and adhere to public health directives, cybercriminals and scammers are still hard at work trying to defraud people.
You’re likely reading it at home right now as millions of Canadians are self-isolating to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. I’d like to thank you for doing just that.
Research has repeatedly found that music makes us happier.
In 2018, we conducted a poll with Ipsos that found the vast majority of Canadians — 93 per cent — want to stay in their homes for as long as possible.
It’s long been said that “home is where the heart is” and over countless generations, that adage has remained true.
There is a great deal of focus these days on the millennial generation,
The days are getting shorter and the temperatures (at least in some parts of Canada) are cooling.