Concerns Remain over Canada’s Finances

The state of Canada’s finances is back in focus this week with economists questioning whether the country has managed to combat a worrying rise in private debt.

An independent policy think tank, called the Fraser Institute, made headlines last Wednesday when it described concerns as “overblown,” adding that there was little evidence that Canadian households were irresponsibly borrowing too much.

However, that argument is now being challenged by David Madani, an economist focused on the north American nation at Capital Economics. He called the research “misleading” as it only showed the payments on debt interest, not the principal repayments which reduce the original loan amount.