The Bank of Canada holds its benchmark rate steady at 1%, as expected. Also expected, the bank...

|By:, SA News Editor

The Bank of Canada holds its benchmark rate steady at 1%, as expected. Also expected, the bank shaves its 2013 GDP growth outlook to 1.5% vs. a previous estimate of 2%. The cut is slightly more than economists' forecasts. The economy is now expected to reach full capacity in mid-2015 vs. an earlier hope for January 2015. The loonie (FXC -0.7%) remains lower, buying $0.9733.