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New Lending Services Price Index, first quarter 2017

Released: 2017-07-14

New Lending Services Price Index

First quarter 2017

0.3% increase

(quarterly change)

The New Lending Services Price Index increased 0.3% in the first quarter, following a 2.1% decrease the previous quarter. Increases in the interest rate spread for new long-term fixed rate loans to individuals were offset by decreases in the interest rate spread for variable rate loans to businesses and individuals.

The index was up 0.3% in the first quarter compared with the same quarter in 2016.

Chart 1  Chart 1: New Lending Services Price Index
New Lending Services Price Index


  Note to readers

The New Lending Services Price Index (NLSPI) is not an index of loan rates paid by consumers and businesses, but represents the change in the price of service. Prices represent the difference between annual percentage rates for new loan products and averages of yields on financial market instruments. The variables used to calculate the prices are weighted annual percentage rates for new lending services, funds advanced by product, and market rates.

New lending services include newly issued funds for personal loans, lines of credit, mortgage loans, business loans and leases. These data are combined with other data to estimate a price for new lending activity. Lending is one of the many services provided by the banking industry and this is the first in a suite of financial service indexes to be published. This index will provide better estimates of the real output, productivity and price change of financial services in Canada.

With each release, data for the previous quarter may have been revised. The series is also subject to an annual revision with the release of second quarter data of the following reference year. The NLSPI is a monthly index that is disseminated on a quarterly basis. The index is not seasonally adjusted. Data are available at the national level only.

For a more detailed explanation of the methodology, see the NLSPI  Methodology Summary Document.

Contact information

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca) or Media Relations (613-951-4636; STATCAN.mediahotline-ligneinfomedias.STATCAN@canada.ca).

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