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Bank of Canada Overnight Rate

BOC Expected to Keep Interest Rates Steady

Starts Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 03:00
Updated Wednesday, September 5, 2018
The Bank of Canada increased interest rates in May this year from 1.25% to 1.50%. This was expected but it supported the Canadian Dollar and gave it a push nonetheless. In July, the BOC kept interest rates unchanged and it expected to keep them as they are this time again. So, the attention will be on the statement which will be released with the rate decision. We will see the economic projections of the BOC now that the Canadian economy has been under a few months of trade tariffs from the US. But, the trade balance prior to this release should offer us some insight of the economy.   Please follow us for live coverage of this event and other such events by experienced analysts on our forex calendar section.   

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About Bank of Canada Overnight Rate
Also known as the interest rates or key interest rate, this is the main interest rate used by the Bank of Canada (BOC) o refinance its operations, providing liquidity to the secondary level of the banking system. The rate is set by the governing council members at the BOC. The BOC generally decides to increase interest rates when the economy is performing well and inflation is increasing. This means that the borrowing costs of banks would increase causing the availability and liquidity to fall. This is supposed to strengthen the CAD. However, because the interest rate decisions are usually priced in by the market, the effect they have on the currency diminishes. Instead, the accompanying statement has a greater impact on the CAD.

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