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Saturday, September 30, 2023

New Bank of Canada ruling keeps inflation mark


Key takeaways: 

  • A subtle but significant difference to the bank’s prior policy is now in effect.
  • It’s anticipated that the central bank’s new order for the following five years won’t be similar to its earlier one, which was to aim inflation between one and three per cent. 

Central Bank Of Canada’s new mandate inflation policy: 

The Bank of Canada’s new mandate will see the central bank resume to mark inflation in a capacity of between one and three per cent but maintain one eye on the job market in creating its policy conclusions, too.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Bank of Canada governor Tiff Macklem described the bank’s latest mandate at a press conference in Ottawa on Monday morning.

The bank’s five-year mandate expired this year, so Ottawa conferred with professionals and stakeholders across the nation to notice if any differences were required to alter the guiding principle that the bank maintains top of mind in completing its policy conclusions.

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Bank of Canada’s new policy will target inflation

Much like many other central banks, the Bank of Canada has aimed at inflation since 1991, when its mandate was to develop policy to keep inflation in a capacity of between one and three per cent.

All items being identical means the bank’s only job is to attempt to provoke inflation up or down as required. When inflation is down, the bank normally cuts its rates to stimulate borrowing and spending and investment. It increases its rate when inflation is beyond that range to attempt to chill things down.

Typically speaking, the system has performed well for decades, but the pandemic has tossed a twist in the results as sustained low-interest rates enforced to deal with COVID-19 were an element driving inflation to drive near zero early on in the pandemic, but more lately has turned in the opposite direction and is now sitting at an 18-year high.

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