Bank of Canada Holds Rates at 5.00% as expected, CPI Higher with Gasoline Prices

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    Highlights of prepared remarks from BOC’s Macklem press conference

    Further rate decisions will be guided by assessment of incoming data and outlook for inflation.
    Monetary policy is working but underlying inflationary pressures are proving more stubborn.
    Higher interest rates are needed to slow growth of demand in the economy and relieve price pressures.
    Labor market remains tight, even if there are some signs of easing.
    Bank of Canada is prepared to raise rates further – Governor Tiff Macklem.
    We are trying to balance the risks of under and over tightening monetary policy.
    If we don’t do enough now we’ll likely have to do even more later.
    Governing council’s decision to raise the policy rate reflected persistence in both excess demand and underlying inflationary pressures.
    Consensus in governing council was that monetary policy needed to be more restrictive to bring inflation back to 2% target.
    Governing council did discuss possibility of keeping rates unchanged, but cost of delaying action was larger than the benefit of waiting.
    With increases in policy rate in June and July, our outlook has inflation going gradually back to 2% target.


    BOCs Macklem Press conference Q&A

    We are concerned if we are not careful, the progress to price stability could stall
    If you get some upward surprises, inflation could even move back higher
    There was clear consensus among governing Council members
    There was not a big benefit of waiting to raise rates
    In the banks forecast, there is path back to price stability while maintaining growth

    Helmholtz Watson

    Bank of Canada held its overnight rate to 5.00% in September 2023 as expected by markets, following up the 25bps rate hikes from the two previous meet
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