Bank of Canada

Bank of Canada Retains Existing Very Accommodative Policy Stance

December 2, 2015

In the first half of 2015, Canada experienced back-to-back quarterly economic contractions, constituting a recession, but such was short-lived, as real GDP rose 2.3% at an annualized rate last quarter in spite of a 1.1 percentage point inventory drag.  Twice earlier this year in January and July, the Bank of Canada Board voted to cut […] More

Bank of Canada Maintains 0.50% Overnight Money Rate Target

September 9, 2015

The Board deliberates interest rate policy eight times per year and had cut the interest rate target at two of the five earlier meetings in 2015.  Canada experienced a real GDP contraction in each quarter of the year’s first half.  When the key rate was sliced July 15 to 0.50% from 0.75%, the action was […] More

Bank of Canada Monetary Policy Stance Eased for Second Time This Year

July 15, 2015

A famous Monty Python skit produced the line, “Nobody expects the Spanish inquisition,” and the idea applies equally well to the forecasts of public authorities particularly central banks when it comes to forewarnings about coming recessions.  In cutting the overnight money target by 25 basis points to 0.50% today, Bank of Canada officials published an […] More

Bank of Canada Left Overnight Interest Rate Target at 0.75%

May 27, 2015

The fourth of eight scheduled monetary policy meetings decided the present policy stance is still appropriate but observed that higher oil prices and a softer U.S. dollar in recent weeks, noting that “if these developments are sustained, their net effect will need to be assessed as more data become available in the months ahead.”  The […] More

No Change Made in Bank of Canada’s 0.75% Overnight Interest Rate Target

March 4, 2015

The target had been cut at the prior Governing Council Meeting on January 21, which coincided with a quarterly review of economic conditions and prospects.  The cut in January was the first rate change since a hike in September 2010 was was characterized as providing “insurance against risk of too low inflation and growth from […] More

Bank of Canada Cuts its Main Interest Rate

January 21, 2015

Canada’s overnight money rate target was cut by 25 basis points to 0.75%.  Officials acknowledged some undesirable yet unavoidable surprise to markets in this decision, which is a response to an unambiguously negative impact on Canada of the recent plunge in oil prices.  Today’s rate change was the first since the third of three 25-basis […] More

Spotlight on Central Banks

January 21, 2015

In response to disinflationary implications of the plunge in oil prices, the Bank of Canada cut its overnight money rate target to 0.75% from 1.0%.  Oil price changes also pose downside risks to growth, which is projected to fall to around 1.5% in the first half of this year, and to financial stability.  The prior […] More

Bank of Canada: Policy Still on Hold

December 3, 2014

Canada’s overnight target interest rate was last changed in September 2010 when such was raised to 1.0% from 0.75%.  The last of eight scheduled policy announcements in 2014 states that Canada’s output gap, a gauge of unutilized productive resources, is smaller than had been estimated in the last quarterly Monetary Policy Report released in October.  […] More

Bank of Canada Keeps Four-Year-Old Policy Settings But Shares New Kernels of Wisdom

October 22, 2014

The monetary policy interest rate target has been at 1.0% since a 25-basis point hike in September 2010.  Following a quarterly review, that level is still considered appropriate, according to a statement released today.  The statement and accompanying Monetary Policy Report convey numerous insights into the latest thinking of Canada’s monetary policymakers. Canada’s output gap […] More

Bank of Canada Keeps 1.0% Overnight Rate Target

September 3, 2014

It’s been four years since the last Canadian central bank rate change, and it could be some time longer.  A statement today from Bank of Canada officials reaffirmed that current policy is “appropriate” and added that “the Bank remains neutral with respect to the next change to the policy rate” both regarding direction and timing.  […] More