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Bank of Canada keeps key interest rate unchanged

Last Updated Dec 5, 2018 at 10:23 am EST

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz returns to the Bank of Canada after holding a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Oct. 24, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The Bank of Canada left its interest rate unchanged today and says the timing of future hikes will depend on factors such as how long the oil-price slump lasts, how well business investment picks up its pace and how much room the economy still has left to grow.

The central bank is holding its trend-setting rate at 1.75 per cent in a decision that follows a quarter-point increase at its previous policy meeting in October.

The bank has been on a gradual rate-hiking path for more than a year thanks to a strengthening economy and has already raised the benchmark five times since the summer of 2017.

The bank says it will keep a close eye on the evolution of several recent developments as it considers the timing of its next rate hike _ including a steep slide in oil prices that it predicts will reduce activity in Canada’s energy sector.

It also says recent data show that the economy has less momentum heading into the final quarter of 2018 related to factors such as a drop in business investment that the bank largely connects to trade uncertainty last summer.

The bank also notes it will be watching for positive developments such as signs the economy can still expand without stoking inflation.

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le petite patate and morry are realizing that fcuking up the oil industry is rapidly coming back to haunt them….their “plan” clearly isn’t working out with the lowly citizens watching revolts of the cake eaters in the home country and wondering why they are being forced here to accept another lyberal fantasy tax.
Meanwhile, the king faces revolt of his own via the governors of the hinterlands refusing to agree in assisting of collecting this tax gift to his highness.

Oh my, what else could go wrong between now and next Labour Day? Perhaps Premier Ford begins to construct a provincial pipeline across Ontario and saying that Alberta oil is welcome?

December 05, 2018 at 12:49 pm