Household Indebtedness in Canada Climbing To New Heights

Why are Canadians acquiring so much debt and ignoring lessons from the USA’s sub prime debacle? Cheap, easy money is addictive! Besides, history would suggest that when housing prices fall and interest rates rise many people will have no problem using the victim card and blaming financial institutions, businesses, the one percent … everyone, but themselves. Still, there is hope to avoid the inevitable meltdown.

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Escaping The Debt Trap

There is good news and bad news about the household debt trap. The good news is, it is accepted generally by policy makers that Canadians are carrying too much debt. The bad news is Canadians aren’t heeding warnings. Also, we do not hear much about the need for Canadians to start lifestyle changes to lower debt. Here are a few suggestions.

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Prolonged Low Interest Rates Fuelled Unprecedented Greed

Two of my favourite quotes are from Einstein: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” And, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Canadian and US Governments are bent on proving Einstein wrong! Prolonged low interest rates fueled unprecedented greed by corporate executives and individuals, feeding off each other. Executives gambled with shareholders’ funds knowing there was no downside for them, but phenomenal upside.

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