In turn, prime rate will remain at 3.00%, making today’s BoC meeting a non-event for mortgage holders in the short-term.
The BoC’s call comes amid languid recent growth and inflation numbers. Here’s a sampling of the Bank’s commentary from its official statement:
- The BoC sees a “weaker-than-projected recovery in the United States.” (No revelations there)
- The potential exists for “a more protracted and difficult global recovery.”
- “…domestic considerations…are expected to slow consumption and housing activity in Canada.”
- “Inflation in Canada has been slightly below the Bank’s July projection.”
- “The inflation outlook has been revised down and both total CPI and core inflation are now expected to converge to 2% by the end of 2012.” (That’s potential good news for mortgage rates)
- The 1% overnight target rate “leaves considerable monetary stimulus in place.”
The next and final interest rate meeting of 2010 is on December 7.
*BoC Keeps Key Rate Unchanged – Canadian Mortgage Trends – October 19, 2010
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