Statistics Canada shows the country’s average household debt has grown considerably in recent years. But the Fraser Institute described it as “not excessive” and called concern over the issue “overblown.”
While the Institute said there’s little evidence to show Canadians are borrowing beyond their means, CNBC quotes two economists who seriously disagree.
1. The Fraser Institute report is “misleading”…
… because it ignores principal repayments on original loans – and only shows the payments on debt interest, according to David Madani, an economist with Capital Economics.
He also published a critique of the think tank's report on Monday:
“The all-clear siren sounded by the Fraser Institute last week on household debt is misleading. The debt service metric they use only captures the interest cost portion of debt, which completely misses the point in a high debt, low interest rate environment.”
Madani said an expected rise in market interest rates in the coming years will make Canadian household debt burdens even “more onerous.”
2. The Fraser Institute report is based on a “fallacy”...