Last week, the Bank of Canada (BOC) kept it’s Target Rate unchanged for the 4th consecutive meeting. That’s means Bank Prime is still 3.00%. Many Experts and Economists think the next rate hike will come as early as April or as late as June….
But not all Economists agree. Scotiabank’s economists say the rate will remain unchanged til October. They give a detailed explanation as outlined in this National Post article... but the main reasons are:
- high $Canadian Dollar (an increase by BOC usually increases the $CAD)
- global uncertainty… the middle east turmoil and European debt worries
- tougher financing rules including the new mortgage rules
- U.S. Fed not expected to raise their rate til next year…any increase by the BOC would push the $CAD even higher and make our exports even more expensive
- possible Federal election in Canada coming soon.. and provincial elections this year… history tells us that rates are usually flat during election time.
The Scotiabank economist make a good argument. I like the political reason… History shows us politics play a big role in the BOC actions…. Enjoy the low rates… They seem to be here for a while.