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Jun 21, 2013

Canada inflation tamer than expected, all eyes on central bank

OTTAWA, June 21 (Reuters) – A jump in natural gas prices
raised Canada’s annual rate of inflation to 0.7 percent in May
from a 3-1/2-year low of 0.4 percent, but the figure remained
well below the central bank’s target, confirming there is
little pressure to raise interest rates soon.

The weak numbers knocked the Canadian dollar to its lowest
level against the U.S. dollar since December 2011.

Jun 13, 2013

Cooling Canada’s housing market will take time -central bank

OTTAWA, June 13 (Reuters) – Canada’s housing market is
stabilizing after the heated conditions of the past several
years but progress will be slow, the Bank of Canada said on
Thursday as it also warned that record-high household debt
levels would persist through this year.

The bank added in a semi-annual report that the risks to the
economy posed by debt and the housing market remain unchanged at
“elevated”, even though the situation appears to have improved
over the past six months.

Jun 10, 2013

Barclays fires back, says hostility to banks unhealthy

MONTREAL (Reuters) – Barclays PLC (BARC.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chairman David Walker hit back on Monday against what he said has become the “political and media industry” of badmouthing banks and bankers, and insisted on banks’ vital role in a free-market economy.

“The persistence of hostility to banks and bankers, much more marked in Europe than elsewhere, is in my view seriously unhealthy,” he told the economic Conference of Montreal.

Jun 10, 2013

Low inflation means Fed can stay aggressive: Fed’s Bullard

MONTREAL (Reuters) – Low inflation means the Federal Reserve can stick to an aggressive bond buying campaign if it decides that is warranted, even though the nation’s jobs market has perked up since the program was launched, a senior central banker said on Monday.

“Labor market conditions have improved since last summer, suggesting the Committee could slow the pace of purchases, but surprisingly low inflation readings may mean the Committee can maintain its aggressive program over a longer time frame,” said St. Louis Fed President James Bullard.

Jun 7, 2013

Canada’s May jobs blowout sparks hopes, caution

OTTAWA, June 7 (Reuters) – Canada’s economy churned out a
spectacular 95,000 jobs in May, the second-biggest gain in 37
years, according to an official report that raised hopes the
economy is gaining momentum, but was also taken with a grain of
salt.

The gain would be the equivalent of the far larger U.S.
economy creating nearly 900,000 jobs in one month, well above
the 175,000 workers hired there last month.

Jun 7, 2013

Canada stuns with biggest job gains in 11 years

OTTAWA, June 7 (Reuters) – Canada’s economy created a
surprising 95,000 jobs in May, the biggest monthly gain in 11
years, and most were full-time positions and in the private
sector, Statistics Canada said on Friday in a report showing the
economy may be gaining momentum.

The stellar performance handily beat market expectations for
a 15,000 gain and came after just 12,500 jobs were generated in
April.

Jun 6, 2013

New Bank of Canada chief less explicit in rate-hike stance

OTTAWA, June 6 (Reuters) – The new governor of the Bank of
Canada, Stephen Poloz, said on Thursday that interest rates will
rise one day but stopped short of endorsing the explicit
rate-hike signal that his predecessor had maintained for more
than a year.

In his first public appearance since taking the reins at the
central bank at the beginning of this month, Poloz outlined the
successful policies of the Bank of Canada, which has won praise
for how it steered the nation’s economy through the global
economic crisis, including the benefits of a 2 percent inflation
target.

May 29, 2013

Bank of Canada holds rate-hike bias in Carney’s final decision

OTTAWA, May 29 (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada said on
Wednesday that its next move would be an interest rate hike
rather than a cut, repeating its previous language and opting
not to rock the boat in the final policy decision under outgoing
Governor Mark Carney.

The central bank held the key policy rate at 1 percent, as
expected, extending a nearly three-year freeze on rates, the
longest since the 1950s.

May 28, 2013

Canada finance minister keen to stay as cabinet shuffle looms

OTTAWA, May 28 (Reuters) – Canadian Finance Minister Jim
Flaherty has no plans to quit and has received no indication
that his job is in jeopardy ahead of a cabinet reshuffling, his
chief spokesman said on Tuesday.

Flaherty’s poor health – he suffers from a rare skin disease
- has fueled speculation in recent months that he would step
down. But Dan Miles, his director of communications, said he was
feeling much better these days.

May 28, 2013

Analysis: Canada may settle for markets watchdog with less bite

OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada is pushing ahead with plans to create a new but watered-down version of a national securities regulator as its campaign to create a more powerful watchdog like the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission appears to be headed toward failure.

The Conservative government’s new plan would bypass the country’s powerful provinces and focus on detecting market risk, sources familiar with the process told Reuters. This alternative, however, is unlikely to impress investors and the financial industry given its limited powers and the potential for duplication and more bureaucracy, industry officials say.

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      "I cover Canadian economic news, central banking and politics. I am based in Ottawa and have been in my current role since 2006. Before that, I wrote about Latin America from Buenos Aires and Santiago, Chile."
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