interest rates: Interest Rate Lowered to 1.50% - 12/09/08 02:05 PM
The Bank of Canada on Tuesday cut its key lending rate by 75 basis points to 1.50%, more than many economists had expected.  This is the lowest since 1958.
Lower interest rates, if passed on by the commercial banks, encourage businesses and households to borrow and spend for expansion and consumer goods, thereby stimulating economic activity.
The interest rate cut today by the Bank of Canada was this biggest cut since October 2001.
The record low for Canada's key rate was 1.12 percent in 1958, a time when it was based on treasury yields rather than actions by policy makers.

interest rates: Bank of Canada expected to Lower Interest Rates - 11/12/08 05:43 PM
Bank of Canada has hinted that they may cut interest rates again.
Early today in Toronto, Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Paul Jenkins stated, "Some further monetary stimulus will likely be required to achieve our 2 percent inflation target over the medium term."
The Cdn Central Bank cut its benchmark overnight lending rate to 2.25 percent on Oct. 21.
Some economists expect that the Bank of Canada will cut their overnight rate a half point to 1.75 percent on Dec. 9. This would be the lowest since 1960.

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interest rates: TD Bank 1st to Move to Adjust Rates - 10/29/08 11:04 PM
Three times this month Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canada's second-largest bank, has been first to lower its prime rate following decisions by the Bank of Canada (the central bank) to lower its overnight rate. Toronto-Dominion's biggest rivals followed suit the same day.
For example, on Oct.8, TD Bank was the first to announce a cut that day with a statement at 1 p.m., followed by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) 43 minutes later. Royal Bank of Canada, the country's largest bank, was next at 2:32 p.m., followed by Bank of Nova Scotia and Bank of Montreal.
Two days later, the banks … (2 comments)

interest rates: Bank of Canada cuts rates by 0.25 percent - 10/24/08 11:45 PM
The Canadian Central Bank cut rates today by a quarter point to 2.25%.
This rate cut today by the Bank of Canada was left than the half point cut expected by some economists.  The reaction to this was also seen by the Canadian Dollar... falling to a three-year low following today's announcement.
It will be interesting to see how various Canadian financial institutions react today to the news... in terms of their prime rates and mortgage rates.
The Central Bank commented however that it would likely have to lower rates further to combat the effects of the global financial crisis.  "In line … (1 comments)

interest rates: Canadian Dollar vs US Dollar and The Price of Oil - 10/24/08 11:43 PM
Many people were wondering last week why the Canadian Dollar started to lose value against the US Dollar, when it appears that the USA was in greater crisis mode in comparison to Canada.
Well here is why....
Canada is one of the world's largest producers of oil and holds oil reserves second only to Saudi Arabia, which makes Canada very reliant on its most prized commodity.  It is also the largest supplier to the world's biggest oil consumer - the United States.  Therfore, rising oil prices tend to be good for Canada/bad for the U.S., while falling oil prices tend to be … (2 comments)


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