Hike in key interest rate will cost of mortgage and loans more: Bank of Canada

Hike in key interest rate will cost of mortgage and loans more: Bank of Canada

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Ottawa, July 14 (IBNS): The Bank of Canada said that its overnight move to raise its key interest rate from 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent, its first increase in nearly seven years, would result in increased costs of mortgages, home equity lines of credit and loans linked to the big bank prime rates.

“Recent data have bolstered the Bank’s confidence in its outlook for above-potential growth and the absorption of excess capacity in the economy. The Bank acknowledges recent softness in inflation but judges this to be temporary. Recognizing the lag between monetary policy actions and future inflation, Governing Council considers it appropriate to raise its overnight rate target at this time,” Bank of Canada said.

At a press conference on the Monetary Policy Report on Wednesday, Stephen S. Poloz, Governor of Bank of Canada and Carolyn A. Wilkins Senior Deputy Governor of Bank of Canada said this in an opening statement.

“Today, we raised our key policy rate by 25 basis points, in the context of an economy that is approaching full capacity and with inflation expected to reach the 2 per cent target within the next year" they said.

Earlier in 2015, the Bank of Canada had cut interests rates by a quarter of a percentage point twice in that year to help the economy adjust
itself with increased oil prices.

“Growth is broadening across industries and regions and therefore becoming more sustainable. As the adjustment to lower oil prices is
largely complete, both the goods and services sectors are expanding" the bank said.

"The Bank estimates real GDP growth will moderate further over the projection horizon, from 2.8 per cent in 2017 to 2.0 per cent
in 2018 and 1.6 per cent in 2019” the bank said in a statement.

Sherry Cooper, chief economist at Dominion Lending Centres, said another rate hike was expected in the fourth quarter of this year.

"The Federal Reserve will also likely increase rates in [the fourth quarter]," Cooper said. "Look for a slow crawl upward in
interest rates from both central banks in 2018."

As a result of the rate increase, the Canadian dollar also shot up and was trading at 78.03 cents US late Wednesday morning.

The Bank of Canada said while business investment was expected to rise, it also expects increased exports in the coming quarters leading
to better contribution to growth.

The bank also expected consumer spending to be a significant contributor to the economy, but it said high levels of household debt and a slowdown in the housing market are a big burden on spending power of the people.

The Bank of Canada said its next scheduled rate announcement is set for Sept. 6.

(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)

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Hike in key interest rate will cost of mortgage and loans more: Bank of Canada

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