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- Bank of Canada (BoC) to Keep Benchmark Interest Rate at 1.25% in March. Governor Stephen Poloz and Co. May Endorse Wait-and-See Approach Following Dovish Rate-Hike in January.

- USD/CAD[1] Rally Appear to Be Getting Exhausted as Bullish Sequence Stalls. Relative Strength Index (RSI) Falls Back from Overbought Territory & Approaches Trendline Support.

Trading the News: Bank of Canada (BoC) Interest Rate Decision

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The Bank of Canada (BoC) meeting may spark a limited reaction as the central bank is widely expected to keep the benchmark interest rates on hold, and Governor Stephen Poloz and Co. may merely attempt to buy more time as ‘as uncertainty about the future of NAFTA is weighing increasingly on the outlook.’

The BoC may sound more cautious this time around as U.S. President Donald Trump unveils a 25% tariff on imported steel and a 10% tariff on imported aluminum[2], and the accompanying statement may trigger a bearish reaction in the Canadian dollar[3] if the central bank shows a greater willingness to carry the current policy into the second-half of 2018.

Keep in mind, the BoC is likely to reiterate that ‘the economic outlook is expected to warrant higher interest rates over time’ as the economy approaches full capacity, and the central bank may have little choice but to prepare Canadian households and businesses for higher borrowing-costs especially as ‘growth is expected to remain above potential through the first quarter of 2018.’ As a result, an unexpected batch of hawkish rhetoric may fuel a more meaningful pullback in USD/CAD as it fuels bets for an imminent BoC rate-hike.

Impact that the BoC rate decision has had on USD/CAD during the previous meeting

Period

Data Released

Estimate

Actual

Pips Change

(1 Hour post event )

Pips Change

(End of Day post event)

JAN

2018

01/17/2018 15:00:00 GMT

1.25%

1.25%

-5

-29

January 2018 Bank of Canada (BoC) Interest Rate Decision

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The Bank of Canada (BoC) increased the benchmark interest rate to 1.25% in January as ‘recent data have been strong, inflation is close to target, and the economy is operating roughly at capacity.’ However, unlike 2017, it seems as though the central bank will refrain from delivering a series of rate-hikes as ‘some continued monetary policy accommodation will likely be needed to keep the economy operating close to potential and

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