Bank of Canada

Bank of Canada Reduces Pace of Bond Purchases and Adjusts Forward Guidance Slightly

April 21, 2021

As expected, Canada’s overnight interest rate target, which has been 0.25% since a trio of half-percentage point cuts in March 2020, was left unchanged. However, the targeted weekly amount of quantitative stimulus was lowered from “at least 4 billion” to $3 billion, according to a released statement. Governing Council members assert a continuing need for […] More

Bank of Canada Reaffirms Existing Monetary Policy Settings

March 10, 2021

When the pandemic struck a year ago, the Bank of Canada’s Governing Council compressed the reduction of its overnight policy rate into a trio of 50-basis point cuts all in March to the record low of 0.25%, which it considers an “effective lower bound.” Additional stimulus has been provided by a program of asset purchases. […] More

Bank of Canada Policy Review

January 21, 2021

The Bank of Canada‘s overnight target rate was left at 0.25%. This effective lower boundary has been the rate level since a trio of 50-basis point cuts in March 2020. The rate will not be lifted before economic slack — estimated to be between 2.75% and 3.75% of GDP according to a released policy statement […] More

Slew of U.S. Executive Orders and Central Bank Policy Reviews

January 21, 2021

President Biden’s inaugural address yesterday called for national unity to face down the many severe challenges now juxtaposed. 17 executive orders followed to reverse several polices of the Trump era. Contrary to warnings, inauguration day was free of domestic violence. U.S. stocks experienced their greatest advance on a presidential inauguration day since 1985, when Reagan […] More

Bank of Canada’s Overnight Rate Left 0.25%

December 9, 2020

Since a trio of 50-basis point reductions of the overnight central bank rate target last March to 0.25%, monetary policymakers have used other tools to promote growth, lift inflation, keep Canadian interest rates low across the whole yield curve. Forward guidance commits to continuing asset purchases at a pace of at least C$4 billion per […] More

Bank of Canada Left Overnight Interest Rate Target at 0.25%

October 28, 2020

Three 50-basis point interest rate cuts to an effective floor of 0.25% were implemented by Canadian central bank officials during March, and they continue to affirm that the rate will not be raised until “economic slack is absorbed so that the 2% inflation target is sustainably achieved.” Current projections do not anticipate that happening until […] More

Bank of Canada Retains Effective 0.25% Policy Rate Floor and Pledges Continuing Canadian Government Bond Purchases

September 9, 2020

Canada’s overnight interest rates was cut by 50 basis points on three occasions during March to what central bank officials consider an “effective lower bound” of 0.25%. A statement released after this month’s policy review reaffirms the promise to begin raising the short-term interest rate “until economic slack is absorbed so that the 2 percent […] More

Markets Pausing for Next Big Theme

September 9, 2020

Equities recorded further considerable losses in Pacific Rim trading overnight but have stabilized in Europe. Share prices closed down 1.9% in China, 2.2% in Australia, 1.3% in Indonesia, 1.1% in South Korea and 1.4% in New Zealand. But the Swiss and German markets have rebounded 0.6%, and those in the U.K. and France are up […] More

Bank of Canada Kept at 0..25% Effective Floor and Substantial Quantitative Stimulus to Continue

July 15, 2020

Canada’s overnight central bank rate target was sliced three times by 50 basis points each time during March. At 0.25%, such is now at a level that officials believe to be at an effective lower boundary. In addition, monetary officials have implemented a range of liquidity facilities and asset purchase programs to ease market dysfunctionality […] More

Bank of Canada Augments Unconventional Stimulus and Releases Quarterly Monetary Policy Report

April 15, 2020

During March, the Bank of Canada cut its interest rate target by 50 basis points each on three occasions — the 4th, 13th, and 29th of the month — and declared after the last reduction that the 0.25% overnight rate level constitutes an “effective lower bound.” At today’s scheduled policy review, officials called the Canadian […] More

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