Bank of Canada raises rates as expected

Following yesterday’s 6.1% annualized Q1 GDP gain (vs expectations of 5.9%), the Bank of Canada raised rates by 25 bps to .50% as expected. While some may say that how can a major G7 country raise rates with all the global economic uncertainty, Canada’s strong banking and commodity focused economy is on much stronger footing and the BoC specifically said that even with the hike, “this decision still leaves considerable monetary stimulus in place.” With respect to future moves, the BoC said “given the considerable uncertainty surrounding the outlook, any further reduction of monetary stimulus would have to be weighed carefully against domestic and global economic developments.” In response to this uncertainty over when they may hike again, the Canadian $ sold off back above 1.5 vs the US$.

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