After Australia raised rates to 4% as expected, the other major commodity country, Canada, decided to leave rates unchanged at their record low of .25%, as expected. They also repeated that policy won’t change before the end of Q2 but they hinted that they could go up soon after as they said “core inflation has been slightly firmer than projected, the result of both transitory factors and the higher level of economic activity.” They also said “the level of economic activity in Canada has been slightly higher than the bank had projected” in its Jan report. Rates have been at record lows because of the BoC’s concern with economic growth in the US, Canada’s biggest trading partner, and due to the strength in the Canadian $ which today is rallying to a 6 week high vs the US$ but the time has passed for record low interest rates in Canada considering their more positive outlook and bubbly housing market.
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