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BoC rate shocker sparks trading frenzy in USD/CAD, GBP/CAD

By Gregory Boyd


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1.36077 USD
0.00137 +0.100%
1.67040 USD
0.00765 +0.460%
Oil - Crude
Crude Oil
72.14 USD
0.31 +0.430%
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
5.938 USD
0.008 +0.140%

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The Bank of Canada (BoC) rate surprise fired up fast, significant moves in currency pairs

A Bank of Canada (BoC) rate hike surprise on Wednesday disrupted exchange rates and sent traders scrambling.

The BoC was widely expected to hike its trend-setting overnight rate by three-quarters of a percentage point, from 1.5% to 2.25%.

But the BoC rate hike was a surprising full percentage point, to 2.5%.

Forex pairs jumped in response.

CAD/USD price chart 

“Inflation in Canada is higher and more persistent than the Bank expected in its April Monetary Policy Report, and will likely remain around 8% in the next few months,” the central bank said in its announcement.


135.85 Price
-0.670% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee 0.0016%
Short position overnight fee -0.0041%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.012


0.68 Price
+0.240% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0013%
Short position overnight fee 0.0001%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.00006


166.75 Price
-0.320% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee 0.0000%
Short position overnight fee -0.0001%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.026


1.06 Price
+0.060% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0027%
Short position overnight fee 0.0008%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.00006


In a commentary, the economics team at TD Bank said: “This big step up in rates is uncommon, so too is the economic backdrop. With the unemployment rate at 4.9%, wages running at 5.2%, and inflation at 7.7%, the pressure on the BoC has not let up.”


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GBP/CAD price chart

“To preserve these gains in the Canadian dollar, the prices of energy commodities like oil and natural gas must continue to grow,” analyst Piero Cingari wrote in a survey of Forex news on Wednesday, which was dominated by new, ever-climbing data on inflation in the US.

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