The Canadian Central Bank cut rates today by a quarter point to 2.25%.
This rate cut today by the Bank of Canada was left than the half point cut expected by some economists. The reaction to this was also seen by the Canadian Dollar... falling to a three-year low following today's announcement.
It will be interesting to see how various Canadian financial institutions react today to the news... in terms of their prime rates and mortgage rates.
The Central Bank commented however that it would likely have to lower rates further to combat the effects of the global financial crisis. "In line with the new outlook, some further monetary stimulus will likely be required to achieve the 2 percent inflation target over the medium term," the central bank said in a statement announcing the lowest overnight lending rate since September 2004.
The Bank of Canada also commented on the US Recession, stating, "The global economy appears to be heading into a mild recession, led by a US economy already in recession."
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