Robert McLister·Mortgage Rate Trends·March 16, 2010Bankers Acceptance Rates Move Up People with millions of dollars at stake think the Bank of Canada is four months away from its first rate hike in over 2 1/2 years. Bankers’ acceptance (BA) yields are at an 11-month high. BAs influence variable-rate mortgage pricing and they’ve been dormant for almost a year. Now, the interest-rate market is waking up. Traders are pricing in a 1/4 percentage point rate increase on July 20. July 20 is the Bank of Canada’s first interest rate meeting after its conditional moratorium on rate hikes ends. Traders aren’t always right, but opinions backed with money usually mean more than opinions without. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg are calling for a 1.25 percentage point jump in Canada’s key lending rate by year-end (from 0.25% today to 1.50%). More: Rate Hike Speculation Grows Like news like this?Join our CMT Updates list and get the latest news as it happens. Unsubscribe anytime. SUBSCRIBE! Thank you for subscribing. One more step: Please confirm your subscription via the email sent to you.