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Bank of Canada holds rate, forecasts decline in GDP of 7.8% this year

July 15, 2020 Jordan Press - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada is holding its key interest rate at 0.25 per cent in response to what it calls the “extremely uncertain” economic outlook from the COVID-19 pandemic, and plans to keep it there until the picture

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Bank of Canada keeps key rate target on hold, expects return to growth in Q3

June 3, 2020 Jordan Press - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The economy appears to have avoided a worst-case scenario due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bank of Canada said Wednesday as it kept its key interest rate steady at its lower bound. The bank left its target for

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Bank of Canada holds interest rate, warns of drag from global trade tensions

July 10, 2019 Andy Blatchford - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada is leaving its key interest rate unchanged in an announcement that balances domestic economic improvements with an expanding global slowdown caused by trade conflicts. The decision Wednesday kept the interest rate at 1.75 per

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Could Canada cut interest rates?

April 2, 2019 Andy Blatchford - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says the economy needs a longer lift from stimulative interest rates to overcome domestic and global economic hurdles, though he predicts the country’s recent economic weakness will only be temporary. Poloz, speaking

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All bets are off on timing of interest rate increase

March 8, 2019 Andy Blatchford - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA  – A weak data report “surprised” the Bank of Canada ahead of its decision to cast doubts about future interest-rate hikes and to warn Canadians the ongoing slump could prove to be unexpectedly stubborn, says one of the bank’s

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What it will take for another interest rate hike

February 21, 2019 Andy Blatchford THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The head of the Bank of Canada says his trend-setting interest rate is low enough, at its below-inflation level of 1.75 per cent, that it’s delivering stimulative effects to the economy. But even in the stronger economy, governor

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What needs to happen before interest rates rise

January 9, 2019 Andy Blatchford - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada left its trend-setting interest rate unchanged at 1.75 per cent Wednesday as the sharp decline in oil prices temporarily dims its economic outlook for the coming months. Before long, however, the central bank expects

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Interest rates might not rise next month: Analysts

December 19, 2018 Andy Blatchford - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Cooling inflation has given the Bank of Canada another reason to keep interest rates on ice next month. The annual pace of inflation slowed in November to 1.7 per cent as upward pressure from higher gasoline prices eased

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Why interest rates might not rise further

December 4, 2018 Craig Wong - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The pace of economic growth in Canada slowed in the third quarter as business investment spending fell and the growth in household spending slowed, raising questions about the future pace of interest rate hikes by the Bank of

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Bank of Canada raises interest rate, signals future hikes

October 24, 2018 Andy Blatchford - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada raised its trend-setting interest rate Wednesday and sent signals that future hikes could be upon Canadians sooner than previously expected. With a big source of trade uncertainty finally out of the way, the central

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Bank of Canada studying issues around a central bank digital currency

October 2, 2018 The Canadian Press

CALGARY – The Bank of Canada is looking at the key questions around the design of a digital currency and the issues surrounding such an idea, a senior Bank of Canada official said Monday. However, deputy governor Timothy Lane told

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Bank of Canada keeps key interest rate target on hold at 1.25 per cent

May 30, 2018 Craig Wong - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada kept its key interest rate target on hold Wednesday, but noted the Canadian economy was a little stronger than expected in the first quarter, raising expectations that rate hikes are coming later this year