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Fed balance sheet normalization at last

The U.S. Federal Open Market Committee (the Fed) held interest rates steady at Wednesday’s meeting, with a target range of 1% – 1.25%. After preparing the markets over the last several meetings, the Fed finally announced they would begin their long-awaited balance sheet reduction plans in October 2017.

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Fed balance sheet normalization at last

Interest rate outlook: BoC moves firmly into hawkish camp

The Bank of Canada (BoC) has moved firmly into the hawkish camp, with a rate hike to 1% this month, leaving the market expecting one more rate hike this year. The benchmark rate was raised to 0.75% in July.1 Recent economic data continues to surprise to the upside.

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Surprise hike from hawkish BoC

In a move that surprised the market, the Bank of Canada (BoC) hiked the target overnight rate to 1% at today’s monetary policy meeting. This is the second hike in a row for the BoC. The market was not expecting the next rate hike until the Bank’s October meeting.

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Interest-rate outlook: Long-term U.S. rates now more dependent on global monetary policy

After hitting lows for the year in June, 10-year government bond yields rose to a two-year high of 1.89% in July,1 as the Bank of Canada (BoC) unsurprisingly increased its benchmark rate from 0.50% to 0.75%.2 The accompanying statement was upbeat as well, brushing off softer inflation numbers as temporary. The BoC’s optimism will probably keep the possibility of another rate hike alive at each of its upcoming meetings. We expect interest rates in Canada to rise from current levels, but we are looking for signs that rates may have topped out in the short term.

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Up, up and away: BoC hikes rate

Following recent upbeat comments, the Bank of Canada (BoC) announced today that it would hike the overnight target rate to 0.75% from 0.50%. This is the first rate hike since 2010, as the BoC has become confident that the current “above potential growth” will continue, leading it to take back one of two emergency rate cuts enacted in 2015.

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