Money markets have raised their bets on a potential Bank of Canada (BOC) micro rate cut' next week, as stricter COVID-19 restrictions weigh on the prospects of an economic rebound later this year, per Reuters. “Reflecting rate cut risk, Canada’s three-month overnight index swap rate has moved below the 0.2% level where the overnight rate has been settling. It has eased 4 basis points since November to trade at about 0.17%.”
BoC maintains its current monetary policy unchanged at 0.25%
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday that they have reached a deal with Pfizer/BioNTech to buy additional 20 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine, as reported by Reuters.
The October GDP advance of 0.4%, while a slowdown from the September gain of 0.8%, was better than the consensus expectation, point out analysts at CIBC. They see that even with the GDP advance in October and the one expected for November, the economy is still in a deep hole.
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December BoC meeting review
In a widely expected decision, the Bank of Canada (BoC) announced on Wednesday that it left its key rate unchanged at 0.25% following its December policy meeting. "Maintaining extraordinary forward guidance, reinforced and supplemented by quantitative easing program, which continues at its current pace of at least C$4 billion per week."
October BoC meeting review
In a widely expected decision, the Bank of Canada (BoC) announced on Wednesday that it left its key rate unchanged at 0.25% following its October policy meeting. In its policy statement, the BoC noted that there is an ongoing and significant slack in the Canadian economy and added that the gap between the actual and potential output is not expected to close until 2023.
September BoC meeting review
In a widely expected decision, the Bank of Canada (BoC) on Wednesday announced that it left its key rate unchanged at 0.25% at its September policy meeting. In its policy statement, the BoC reiterated that the economy will continue to require extraordinary monetary policy support.
July BoC meeting review
In a widely expected decision, the Bank of Canada (BoC) on Wednesday announced that it left its key rate unchanged at 0.25% at its June policy meeting. In its rate statement, the BoC noted that its central scenario doesn't expect the Canadian economy to return to pre-COVID-19 levels until 2022.
Following the Bank of Canada's (BoC) decision to leave its policy rate unchanged at 0.25% as expected, Governor Tiff Macklem and Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn A. Wilkins are delivering their remarks on the monetary policy outlook.
What is the BOC?
The Bank of Canada is the nation's central bank. Its principal role is "to promote the economic and financial welfare of Canada," as defined in the Bank of Canada Act. The Bank’s four main areas of responsibility are:
- Monetary policy: The Bank influences the supply of money circulating in the economy, using its monetary policy framework to keep inflation low and stable.
- Financial system: The Bank promotes safe, sound and efficient financial systems, within Canada and internationally, and conducts transactions in financial markets in support of these objectives.
- Currency: The Bank designs, issues and distributes Canada’s bank notes.
- Funds management: The Bank is the "fiscal agent" for the Government of Canada, managing its public debt programs and foreign exchange reserves.
Who is BOC's president?
Tiff Macklem was born in Montréal, Quebec, in 1961. He was appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada, effective 3 June 2020, for a seven-year term. He is the tenth governor of the Bank of Canada. As Governor, he is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). He currently chairs both, the BIS Audit Committee and the Consultative Council for the Americas.
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