Bank of Canada leaves interest rate at 0.25% for now
By Rob Roach, ATB Economics 9 June 2021 1 min read
In an announcement that surprised no one, the Bank of Canada said this morning that the trend-setting policy interest rate is—at least for now—staying at 0.25%. It has been at this level since March 27, 2020.
The rate will be increased when the Bank feels it needs to tap the economic brakes, but it looks like the earliest this will happen is “sometime in the second half of 2022.”
The Bank believes that “the recovery continues to require extraordinary monetary policy support [and remains] committed to holding the policy interest rate at the effective lower bound until economic slack is absorbed so that the 2% inflation target is sustainably achieved.”
“While CPI inflation will likely remain near 3% through the summer, it is expected to ease later in the year, as base-year effects diminish and excess capacity continues to exert downward pressure.”
*Each year, the Bank of Canada sets eight fixed dates on which it announces whether or not it will change its policy interest rate. The next announcement is scheduled for July 14.
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