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As widely expected the Bank of Canada decided to leave it's key lending rate exactly where it is, at .50%. By moving this rate up or down would make variable rate mortgages either more or less expensive. The Fed Reserve in the U.S. is widely expected to raise theirs later this month. But what are current forecasts for our country and the Bank of Canada? Well read the full article attached below from MortgageBrokerNews.ca:
 
"The Bank of Canada is holding its benchmark interest rate at 0.5 per cent as economic conditions move along largely in line with its expectations.

In making the scheduled announcement, the central bank says while the global economy has strengthened, international uncertainty has negatively affected business confidence and investment among Canada's trading partners.

The bank says Canada's growth performance has also been close to its expectations, including a strong rebound in the third quarter.

It says Canadian inflation, which it carefully analyzes when making rate decisions, is slightly below what it had anticipated in large part because of lower food prices.

The decision to maintain the rate was widely anticipated by experts and comes ahead of an announcement next week by the U.S. Federal Reserve, which is expected to raise its key interest rate.

In October, the Bank of Canada downgraded its growth outlook and governor Stephen Poloz said its governing council actively discussed cutting the trendsetting rate before deciding to keep it on hold."



Tony Marchigiano 
310-328 West Hastings Street 
Mortgage Broker Vancouver, BC 
tony@mawest.ca mawest.ca 
cell: 604 505 7109 fax: 604 909 4666

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