Wednesday, April 12, 2017

No change to key interest rate- Bank of Canada

Once again, the Bank of Canada announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at ½ percent, despite stronger-than-expected global and domestic economies.

While the global economy is exceeding the Bank's January expectations-and the US is similarly experiencing solid growth-the Bank believes there is still an element of uncertainty around the global outlook. Similarly, Canada's economic growth has been faster than predicted back in January, something the Bank attributes to a boost in spending in the oil and gas sector as will as increased consumer spending resulting from the Canada Child Benefit. While the Bank finds this increase in GDP "encouraging", it isn't prepared to declare the country on a "sustainable growth path".

With CPI inflation currently at the Bank's target of 2 percent, the Bank expects it to dip in the months ahead before returning back to 2 percent later in the year.

Because of all this-and the fact much of this good news could be "temporary"-the Bank has opted to maintain its current rate. If you have any questions regarding interest rates-or any questions regarding your mortgage at all-please feel free to drop me a line at 780-722-6287.

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