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  • Jan. 17, 2012, 9:17 AM
    The Bank of Canada leaves its benchmark lending rate at 1%. The statement, however, is a dovish one: "The outlook for the global economy has deteriorated and uncertainty has increased ... the pace of (Canadian) growth going forward is expected to be more modest."
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  • Jan. 10, 2012, 3:41 PM
    The heads of Royal Bank of Canada and the Bank of Montreal each warn on Canada's property sector, particularly red-hot and maybe overbuilt markets like Vancouver and Toronto. By Deutsche Bank's calculations, Canada's real estate is the most overvalued on the planet.
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  • Jan. 6, 2012, 7:03 AM
    Canada adds 18K jobs in December vs. expectations for 20K. The gain halts two consecutive months of declines. The unemployment rate rises to 7.5% from 7.4%. The loonie gives up early morning gains vs. the greenback, now down a hair and buying $0.9803.
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  • Jan. 3, 2012, 12:15 PM
    Canada's December PMI rises to 54.0 from November's 53.3, led by solid rises in New Orders and Production. As with Europe, order backlogs continue to fall, suggesting some of the jump in production is coming from satisfaction of orders already on the books. EWC +2.1%.
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  • Dec. 23, 2011, 8:57 AM
    Canadian real GDP was unchanged in October (the first month of Q4) against forecasts for a 0.1% increase, and a 0.2% increase in September. On a Y/Y basis, GDP grew 2.7%, down from 3.0% in September.
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  • Dec. 20, 2011, 10:18 AM
    Canada's CPI rises 0.1% in November (+0.3% previous), inline with expectations, and keeping the Y/Y rate at 2.9%. The core rate also rose 0.1% (+0.2% previously), also inline and keeping the Y/Y rate at 2.1%.
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  • Dec. 15, 2011, 10:42 AM
    Canadian housing prices increased 4.6% Y/Y in November, a healthy gain, but the smallest bump since January, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. Transactions also keep moving, rising a seasonally adjusted 0.5% for the month. (PR)
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  • Dec. 14, 2011, 11:07 AM
    No deleveraging is evident in Canada where household debt as a percentage of disposable income rose to a record 150.8% in Q3, from 148.5% previously. In a recent speech, BoC Governor Carney remarked that Canadians are now more indebted than Americans and Brits. Thoughts on Canadian banks earlier.
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  • Dec. 14, 2011, 9:28 AM
    Stonecap Securities' Brad Smith, cuts his outlook on the Canadian banking sector as the big lenders cut loss reserves to near pre-crisis levels even as credit unexpectedly deteriorated in Q3. Smith is reducing the PE multiple he expects the banks to sell for from 11X to 9X. Lowest rated: Bank of Montreal (BMO) and TD Bank. Highest: Scotiabank (BNS).
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  • Dec. 8, 2011, 8:24 AM
    Canadian housing starts fall a seasonally adjusted 14.4% in November. "A level which is more consistent with the rate of household formation," goes the spin from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Along with China, Brazil, Oz, and Denmark, Canada has its own formerly frothy, now tippy property market.
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  • Dec. 6, 2011, 9:09 AM
    Investors looking for a little candy from the Bank of Canada are disappointed as the bank gives little hint of dovishness while leaving its benchmark rate at 1%. "Household expenditures have more momentum than had been expected and business investment remains solid." The loonie pops higher against the greenback, now buying $0.9829.
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  • Dec. 2, 2011, 7:22 AM
    Canada loses 19K jobs in November against expectations for a 20K increase. The unemployment rate rises to 7.4% from 7.3%. The loonie loses a little steam vs. the greenback, now buying $0.9875.
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  • Nov. 28, 2011, 11:36 AM
    Kokusai Asset Management, Japan's largest mutual fund company, says it has unloaded all of its Italian, Spanish, and Belgian bond holdings, lowering the level of euro-denominated paper in its flagship fund to 15.9% from more than 30% two months ago. Hopefully not auguring the next trouble spots, the fund is redirecting assets to the debt of Canada, Australia, Sweden, and Norway.
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  • Nov. 23, 2011, 1:10 PM
    While lauding the success of Canada's inflation-targeting regime, BoC Governor Mark Carney describes Europe's debt crisis as "barely contained." As for Canada, he believes H2 growth will exceed bank projections, but doesn't expect the good run to last. Though rate cuts weren't tipped, his remarks suggest a continuation of the 1% benchmark into 2013.
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  • Nov. 21, 2011, 12:08 PM
    A report from RBS suggests the Bank of Canada may not need to cuts its 1% benchmark rate as the monetary conditions it tracks already suggest a looser policy. Of most import are credit spreads - tighter than one would expect if the economy needed more monetary ease.
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  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:59 AM
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says his country will push to sell its crude oil to Asian markets to make up for the derailment of TransCanada's (TRP -1.4%) Keystone XL pipeline following up similar comments from officials with his administration. Though he expresses confidence the pipeline will ultimately be operational, he calls selling oil to Asia an "important priority" moving forward for Canada.
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The iShares MSCI Canada Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the Canadian market, as measured by the MSCI Canada Index.
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