BoC Hikes by 50 bps in Potentially its Final Hike
The Bank of Canada’s Governing Council voted to raise the overnight rate by 50 basis points to 4.25%, where the rate could remain. The Bank mentioned that the Governing Council, “will be considering whether the policy interest rate needs to rise further to bring supply and demand back into balance and return inflation to target”.
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Further mention of weakening economic growth was communicated where the Bank maintains that the risk of recession remains possible into the first half of next year despite the fact that global growth appears more resilient than anticipated during the October meeting.
Third quarter growth in Canada surprised to the upside but signs of slowing have appeared via the consumption and the interest sensitive housing market. Early signs of lower price pressures can also be seen via a lower ‘three month’s rate of change in core inflation’.
The Governing Council has therefore identified that the effects of prior rate hikes has started to cool demand and has stunted the momentum of higher, broad-based price pressures. In light of this, and the worsening economic outlook, we may have just witnessed the last rate hike but this will of course, depend on data from now until the end of January.
— Written by Richard Snow for DailyFX.com
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