the rennie outlook 2021



The unprecedented monetary stimulus introduced by the Bank of Canada at the outset of the Covid-19 outbreak— including lowering the overnight target interest rate to (effectively) zero and engaging in a bond-buying program that pushed longer-term interest rates to historic lows—provided much-needed stability to households and businesses in 2020. As the economy continues to recover and as long as inflation remains below the 2% threshold for a prolonged period of time, the Bank of Canada’s actions (or inactions, depending on how you look at it) are likely to suppress interest rates throughout the economy into 2023.

OUR 2021 OUTLOOK It is unlikely that the Bank of Canada will change its policy interest rate in 2021 from its current 0.25%. However, with the Canadian economy stabilizing in the wake of the pandemic, and fewer investors seeking shelter from riskier investments, fixed mortgage rates could rise by up to 0.5 percentage points.


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