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Seniors struggling

The numbers are small. It’s how they’re growing that’s worrisome.

Canadian seniors, who are supposed to be enjoying those so-called golden years, are struggling with mortgage delinquencies like no other age group.

Mortgage delinquency rates among those 65 and up have been climbing, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.

“They have also been the highest amongst all age groups since late 2015, suggesting that there is a share of consumers over 65 with a mortgage loan that may be more financially strained and vulnerable,” the agency said in its report on credit trends in the fourth quarter of last year.

“This could lead to potential situations are they could be less able to meet their payment obligations on time, for example, in case of life events affecting their income,” it added.

Source: CMHC

“That being said, mortgage delinquency rates remained relatively low for all age groups.”

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China slams Pompeo

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Torstar to close Hamilton print outlet

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Brent rises

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Required Reading

CMHC backs stress test

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Investment banks to lose millions

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