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1 year GIC 5.05% (rate decline from 5.1%)
November 15, 2022
6:17 am
Alexandre
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1 year - 5.05%
2 year - 5.05%
3 year - 5.00%
4 year - 5.00%
5 year - 5.00%

November 15, 2022
9:32 am
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Also, both registered and non-registered short-term GICs.
9 month - 3.75% (was 4.00%)
6 month - 3.50% (same)

November 15, 2022
12:10 pm
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I moved most of my money out of EQ Bank as soon as their high interest savings account stopped being competitive. I do have a few GICs still with them but once they mature, I will probably move that money elsewhere too.

There is lots of competition. Oaken has good rates for savings and GICs.

November 17, 2022
3:51 am
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So annoying. I was about to move money here and this move just soured me.

November 17, 2022
6:03 am
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More annoying when you do move funds in and they won't release the hold so you can purchase GIC, and then when hold is off, the GIC rate has dropped. sf-frown

November 17, 2022
6:07 am
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But I thought you can buy GIC w/o the funding to secure the rate at Tangerine … as if the scenario - cheque is in the mail

... Oops wrong thread, will remove if I could sf-embarassed

November 17, 2022
10:50 am
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frugal lady said
More annoying when you do move funds in and they won't release the hold so you can purchase GIC, and then when hold is off, the GIC rate has dropped. sf-frown  

In the past, as long as the money was moved in prior to any rate change, EQ would honour the old rate with just a phone call after the release period. You might want to check if they still honour that process.

November 17, 2022
12:18 pm
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smayer97 said

In the past, as long as the money was moved in prior to any rate change, EQ would honour the old rate with just a phone call after the release period. You might want to check if they still honour that process.  

I agree it is very annoying frugal lady. I also transferred my funds and the day the hold cleared, the rate dropped. sf-yell

@smayer97, I just tried calling them as the GIC was purchased yesterday. They declined to honour the rate. sf-cry

November 17, 2022
12:35 pm
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Their strict holding policy without the flexibility to put it into their own GICs is deterring me from giving them any of my money. Once my current GICs matures, thats it with them. Its not like they offer the highest rate all the time anyway.

December 1, 2022
9:23 am
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Don't know when it happened but EQ has raised their 1 year GIC back up to 5.1%

sf-yell

December 1, 2022
9:32 am
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According to their rate history, it happened last week on November 24.

December 1, 2022
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This is one nasty bank!

They were not bad when they first opened, but it's been downhill since then.

December 1, 2022
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Loonie said
This is one nasty bank!

They were not bad when they first opened, but it's been downhill since then.  

EQ Bank continues to offer some of Canada's highest-interest GIC's out there, yet you write that they are "one nasty bank!", and "They were not bad when they first opened, but it's been downhill since then." So I assume that your issue must be with EQ's HISA rates, and not their GIC's at all? Because surely a rate of 5.1% for 12-months can't be the reason why you're bashing them, correct?

December 1, 2022
6:52 pm
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1. punitive holds policy - see above
2. no joint GICs allowed
3. unpleasant staff
4. crappy HISA rate
5. If you ever close your account, they refuse to ever let you open another.
6. There is no way to stop them sending you emails broadcasting how much interest you earned on HISA last month.
7. they won't accommodate people with visual disabilities.

That's all I can remember at the moment.

I'm only looking for joint GICs so I don't care what EQ rate is. But, if I were looking, I'd go to Peoples or a deposit broker. The latter were offering 5.45 for one year today, will give me a joint GIC, and will treat me well.

December 8, 2022
3:45 pm
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EQ Bank sucks!!
I pulled all my funds out of HISA because rate is very uncompetitive (only 2.50% vs many others at 3.00% or higher. I transferred some money back in to buy their 3 yr GIC at 5.10% but my money was frozen for 7 days (even though I have a TFSA and other GIC's there that would more than cover). The bank rate went up 0.5% on Dec 6th but EQ Bank DROPPED their 3 yr GIC rate to 4.95% and now I'm getting 2.50%

December 8, 2022
5:40 pm
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From a depositor's perspective, I agree this does not sit well, BUT the reality is EQ Bank is probably quite brilliant. They would appear to be very closely matching their lending needs with their deposit rates to manage their deposit inflows/outflows to optimize NIM and earnings.

I am not a shareholder but it seems prudent for them to reduce longer term GIC rates in trend with decreasing bond yields and potentially lower long term mortgage rates. It does not matter what the BoC overnight interest rate trends are. It is what the marketplace is doing that is important.

P.S. The trend right now appears to be for longer term mortgage rates to start going down slightly, both USA and Canada. I don't know if this is an aberration or not.

Add: I would expect to see some HISA and 1 year GIC rates move up slightly with the BoC interest rate increase but perhaps everything else to remain steady for now.

December 8, 2022
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Didn't someone say recently that if requested EQ would match the rate in effect on the day you brought the money in? Maybe I'm "misremembering"............

December 8, 2022
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Bill said
Didn't someone say recently that if requested EQ would match the rate in effect on the day you brought the money in? Maybe I'm "misremembering"............  

I called and no they would not.

December 9, 2022
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slimboyinvest said
EQ Bank sucks!!
I pulled all my funds out of HISA because rate is very uncompetitive (only 2.50% vs many others at 3.00% or higher. I transferred some money back in to buy their 3 yr GIC at 5.10% but my money was frozen for 7 days (even though I have a TFSA and other GIC's there that would more than cover). The bank rate went up 0.5% on Dec 6th but EQ Bank DROPPED their 3 yr GIC rate to 4.95% and now I'm getting 2.50%  

I stop using EQ as I despise their 7 day hold regardless of the source of the funds. When its a linked transfer and the money is already removed from the withdrawal bank, I dont see any reason why they need to restrict the use of the funds to purchase their own GICs. Other FIs will remove the hold if one calls in, EQ simply dont care...

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