Bank of Canada is slowing its policy

USD/CAD Falls Below $1.30 Again, As Odds of 75 bps Hike by the BOC Increase

Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2022 by
Skerdian Meta • 2 min read

Bank of Canada has been in a comfortable seeat so far, as inflation was slow to pick up in Canada, while in the US it has been surging for about a year. But now they are starting to feel the pressure.  USD/CAD  has moved below the 1.30 level again, as Bank of Canada Deputy Gov. Carolyn Rogers speaks on the economy and in particular inflation after the higher-than-expected CPI (consume price index) report today.

BOC Dep. Gov. Carolyn Rogers Speaks

  • CPI is too high; it’s hurting Canadians and keeping us up at night
  • We are seeing some impact of higher rates, sites moderation and housing market
  • It’s a little ways away yet before inflation starts to bend down
  • We do need to see price leveling off; not to continue to increase; that alone will start to bring inflation down
  • A complete retrenchment from globalization would probably have a negative impact on low and stable inflation
  • What’s going on in the Canadian labor market right now is perfectly clear
  • Balance of risk tilted to the upside on inflation
  • Asked about a 75 basis point rate hike says, we will take the July decision when we get to July

The CPI data came in much higher than expected today with the headline moving up to 7.7% vs. 7.4% expected. As a result, CIBC is saying that is a near certainty that the Bank of Canada will raise rates by 75 basis points at the next meeting.

Canadian CPI Inflation Report for May

Canada CPI data
  • Canada May CPI % YoY +7.7% vs +7.4% expected
  • Largest increase since January 1983
  • April CPI was 6.8%
  • CPI MoM +1.4% vs +1.0% expected
  • Core CPI YoY excluding gasoline +6.3% vs +5.8% prior
  • Gasoline prices +12.0% in May
  • Average hourly wages YoY +3.9%
  • Energy prices Yoy +34.8%
  • Shelter costs YoY +7.4%
  • Services YoY +5.2% vs +4.6% prior, led by hotels and restaurants
  • Full report

Core measures:

  • Median CPI 4.9% vs 4.4% prior
  • Trimmed mean CPI 5.4% vs 5.1% prior
  • Common CPI 3.9% vs 3.5% expected (3.2% prior)

This report solidifies the case for 75 basis points at the upcoming BOC and makes an argument for even more. The core measures are broadening and the Bank of Canada rhetoric signals they will tackle inflation full-on. The looming problem is that the Canadian housing market is busting.

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