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BoC hikes again, citing near-capacity growth

The Bank of Canada (BoC) announced today it was raising the target overnight rate by 0.25% to 1.25%. The last time the BoC hiked its target rate was at the September 6 meeting. Market expectations for this rate hike began to increase several weeks ago, so it was almost fully priced into the market.

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Fed maintains a slow and steady approach

The U.S. Federal Open Market Committee (the Fed) raised the target Fed Funds Rate by 0.25% to a range of 1.25%-1.50% at today’s meeting. This is the third rate hike this year, although the first one since the Fed announced it was reducing the size of its balance sheet at the September meeting.

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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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Interest-rate outlook: Expect rising rates in Canada

In June, Canadian 10-year government bond yields bounced off their lowest levels of the year, to 1.63%, as first quarter growth came in above expectations and central banks express confidence that monetary policy has accomplished it’s goal.1 The Bank of Canada (BoC), in particular, is less worried about uncertain U.S. trade policy and another substantial drop in oil prices, and becoming worried that excess capacity is beginning to dwindle. Their optimism may prove to be premature as inflation remains very low, so we are watching its stance closely. We expect interest rates in Canada to rise from current levels.

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Full steam ahead: Fed hawkish, hikes rates

The U.S. Federal Open Market Committee (Fed) hiked its key interest rate by 0.25% today, to a target range of 1% – 1.25%. While the hike was fully expected by the market, recent inflation prints, such today’s May CPI falling by -0.1%, had left an expectation this would be a dovish hike. As it turns out, the Fed announcement was hawkish as it formally announced the details of their balance sheet normalization.

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Interest-rate outlook: Excess pessimism in U.K.

During the recent rate rally, the Canadian 10-year government bond yield held at 1.45% and has bounced slightly from there, but still remains at the lower end of its recent range.1 Economic data has tapered off from the strong rebound seen in the first quarter and the Bank of Canada continues to keep monetary policy on hold. The U.S.’s recently imposed tariffs on Canadian softwood exports raised concerns about broader trade implications. In addition, a Canadian subprime mortgage lender has experienced a liquidity drain, drawing attention to an area of the mortgage market that is not typically in the news. We would expect Canadian yields to remain supported in any sell-off.

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Interest-rate outlook: Impact of upcoming British election

The yield on the 10-year Canadian government bond broke through its recent range of 1.60%-1.87%, reaching a low of 1.43% on April 18.1 Geopolitical risks, as well as concerns about elections in France were the big driver as the economic data in Canada has been fairly positive.

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Interest-rate outlook as global growth improves

The 10-year Canadian government bond yield has retreated from its 2017 peak yield of 1.87% and currently sits in the middle of this year’s range of 1.61% – 1.87%.1 Economic data has generally been picking up this year with employment growth showing particular strength. The Bank of Canada has kept policy on hold recently, but remains wary of persistent economic slack. We believe the current trading range is likely to persist unless global economic growth picks up further.

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Third time’s a charm

The U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) hiked its key interest rate by 0.25% today, to a range of 0.75%–1.00%, marking the third increase in the current cycle. Fixed income markets had essentially priced in the increase two weeks ago, when nearly every Fed speaker acknowledged that a March hike appeared to be warranted. The vote was not unanimous as Neel Kashkari, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, voted against the action, preferring to keep the target rate unchanged at this meeting.

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Interest-rate outlook: Fed hikes on the horizon?

Yields on Canadian government bonds have hovered in a range this year as the global yield sell-off has paused. The yield curve remains in a steepening trend as the Bank of Canada has attempted to keep the possibility of a rate cut on the table, although a recent string of positive employment surprises has made that possibility less likely. Canadian government bond yields are likely to remain range-bound in the near term until more certainty emerges around global economic prospects.

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Interest-rate outlook: The aftermath of Trump’s win

Canadian government yields have remained under the same upward pressure felt globally in the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election which boosted expectations of higher growth and inflation fueled by U.S. fiscal stimulus and tax cuts. The Bank of Canada meeting in January recognized that Canada’s economy has shown some improvement, but emphasized there was more work needed to reduce excess capacity as inflation remains very low.

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BoC holds rates amid Trump policy uncertainty

The Bank of Canada (BoC) announced today that the overnight policy rate remained unchanged at 0.5%. There wasn’t much suspense heading into today’s monetary policy meeting as economic data had shown at least some improvement recently and a rate cut did not appear warranted.

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The Fed finally hikes rates – what does it mean?

The U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) hiked rates 0.25% today, for only the second time in this cycle, to a range of 0.5% – 0.75%. The statement that accompanied the meeting made note of a strengthening of the labour market, moderate growth and improving inflation. Additionally, the Fed views risks to the economy as “roughly balanced”.

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BoC holds rate, but downgrades growth outlook

The Bank of Canada (BoC) left the overnight lending rate unchanged at 0.5% Wednesday. Generally the tone of the meeting was dovish as Bank Governor Stephen Poloz acknowledged that the Governing Council actively discussed the possibility of adding additional monetary stimulus at the meeting as economic slack continues to exert downward pressure on inflation. In spite of that acknowledgement, the Bank did not indicate that a future rate cut was imminent.

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