Bank of Canada Signals Potential Interest Rate Cut Amidst Inflation Decline

The Bank's next opportunity to adjust rates is on June 5.

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The Bank of Canada’s governor, Tiff Macklem, informed MPs on Thursday that the central bank is edging closer to reducing interest rates as signs of decreasing and sustained inflation emerge.

Macklem conveyed during his appearance before the House of Commons finance committee, “We observe a renewed downward trend in underlying inflation. Canadians should be aware that we are approaching. We are witnessing the necessary indicators and simply need assurance of their continuity.”

Economic growth stagnation, surplus goods supply, stabilized wage increases, and a moderated labor market have contributed to price reductions, according to Macklem.

“Our primary inflation indicators have all shifted favorably,” he noted, highlighting data on “core inflation,” which excludes more erratic price fluctuations like those of food and energy.

The Bank’s next opportunity to adjust rates is on June 5.

Macklem’s optimistic stance could offer relief to homeowners and prospective buyers facing historically high interest rates, with the bank’s current policy rate at five percent curbing housing demand.

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However, Macklem cautioned that the bank’s overnight rate is unlikely to return to pre-pandemic levels, emphasizing a gradual approach to rate adjustments.

Contrary to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Chair Jerome Powell’s cautious outlook on rates, Macklem attributed Canada’s more significant inflation decline to its weaker economy compared to the U.S.

Regarding government deficits, Macklem reiterated concerns, suggesting that extensive deficit spending could impede inflation control efforts by injecting additional funds into the economy and stimulating demand.

Conservative MPs pressed Macklem on the recent federal budget’s hefty spending, prompting Macklem to underscore that the anticipated impacts on inflation from the budget’s tax hikes are expected to counterbalance spending increases.

While acknowledging geopolitical risks, Macklem underscored the potential impact of a capital gains tax hike on asset sales and subsequent demand fluctuations.

As discussions continue, Macklem emphasized the need for careful examination of the budget’s implications.


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