The bank said it will make its next interest rate announcement on March 5 and release its updated outlook for the economy and inflation including risks to the projection on April 16.
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OTTAWA Canada's central bank raised concerns Wednesday about the country's persistently low inflation rate, a trend that the average consumer may welcome, but could lead to bigger problems.
at 0.9 per cent in the first half of 2014, down from its previous forecast of 1.2 per cent. But that should "increase very gradually" and reach the bank's ideal target of two per cent in last quarter of 2015.
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But "despite depreciating in recent months, the Canadian dollar remains strong and will continue to pose competitiveness challenges for Canada's non commodity exports," it said.
"Deflation would be Air Max 2015 Colors defined as not just falling prices, but also falling wages at the same time, and just imagine what that would feel like with your mortgage still the same number," Poloz said.
Canada's economic growth in the second half of 2013 was better than expected and should pick up from an estimated 1.8 per cent last year to 2.5 per cent both this year and next, it said. is expected to rise from 2.9 per cent in 2013, to 3.4 per cent and 3.7 per cent in the following years.
"So if you are where we are today, which is significantly below target, it leaves you ill prepared for any bad news that could happen."
Central banks are usually more preoccupied with controlling high inflation, but low inflation is equally concerning because it can be evidence of weakness in the economy and could lead to deflation, where prices actually fall.
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But Poloz made no move on interest rates, keeping the bank's key rate at one per cent and maintaining a neutral stance on whether its next move will be to raise or lower the rate from where it has been for more than three years. investment, underperformance in Canadian exports, and imbalances in the household sector," it said.
13 in which the official headline inflation reading came in below the bank's desired range of between one and three per cent. Statistics Canada will release December inflation figures on Friday.
While it sees improvements in the domestic economy, the Bank of Canada said inflation is now expected to be lower than it had previously projected in part because of competition among retailers.
That was a key phrase, said BMO chief economist Doug Porter.
Bank of Canada keeps interest rate at 1 per cent
"This is a strong statement for the bank, and as close as they will come to saying the currency is still overvalued and, thus, further depreciation is welcome," he wrote in a note. following the bank's report, closer to lows set in early September 2009.
Inflation needs to be within the bank's target range so there's room to manoeuvre if there's another economic shock, Poloz said.
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