The Bank of Canada (BoC) is widely expected to keep its policy rate unchanged at 0.25% following its June policy meeting. In April, the BoC announced that it reduced the weekly net purchases of Canadian government bonds, quantitative easing (QE) program, to a target of C$3 billion from C$4 billion.
BoC: QE is in focus in the bank's June meeting
BoC's monetary stimulus
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Bank of Canada (BoC) Governor Tiff Macklem said that tapering is the right move for the Canadian economy, as reported by Reuters. Macklem further noted that the economy still needs a "considerable amount of monetary support" and added that he is comfortable with pulling back extraordinary stimulus extended during pandemic because of domestic economy’s resilience.
In its Financial System Review Summary, the Bank of Canada (BoC) noted that it remains concerned about household indebtedness and rapid rise in house prices, as reported by Reuters. "Vulnerability associated with imbalances in housing market has increased."
Employment reports in Canada and in the US came in worst than expectations. According to analysts at the National Bank of Canada, the Canadian job market recovery was temporarily halted and strong economic growth will support hiring in the coming quarters.
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April 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 the April policy meeting. Additionally, the BoC noted that it is adjusting the weekly net purchases of the government of Canada bonds to a target of C$3 billion from C$4 billion. With the initial market reaction, the USD/CAD pair lost more than 50 pips in a matter of minutes and was last seen losing 0.48% on a daily basis at 1.2547. "Adjustment to the amount of incremental stimulus being added each week reflects the progress made in the economic recovery." "BoC remains committed to holding the policy interest rate at the effective lower bound until economic slack is absorbed so that the 2% inflation target is sustainably achieved."
March 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 the March policy meeting. Key takeaways from policy statement as summarized by Reuters: "Will hold the current level of policy rate until inflation objective is sustainably achieved, will continue quantitative easing."
January BoC meeting review
The Bank of Canada has left its interest rate unchanged at 0.25% as anticipated. In its accompanying statement, the Ottawa-based institution said that inflation is set to return to 2% in a sustainable manner by 2023.
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."
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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