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Bank of Canada cuts interest rate: Read the official statement

Financial Post ~ March 4th, 2020

Bank of Canada lowers its key interest rate by 50 basis points to 1.25 per cent

Here’s the Bank of Canada’s official statement for its interest rate decision on Wednesday, March 4, 2020:

The Bank of Canada today lowered its target for the overnight rate by 50 basis points to 1.25 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1.5 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 per cent.

While Canada’s economy has been operating close to potential with inflation on target, the COVID-19 virus is a material negative shock to the Canadian and global outlooks, and monetary and fiscal authorities are responding.

Before the outbreak, the global economy was showing signs of stabilizing, as the Bank had projected in its January Monetary Policy Report (MPR). However, COVID-19 represents a significant health threat to people in a growing number of countries. In consequence, business activity in some regions has fallen sharply and supply chains have been disrupted. This has pulled down commodity prices and the Canadian dollar has depreciated. Global markets are reacting to the spread of the virus by repricing risk across a broad set of assets, making financial conditions less accommodative. It is likely that as the virus spreads, business and consumer confidence will deteriorate, further depressing activity.

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