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Detailed information and fundamental factors

Central Bank: Bank of Canada

Interest Rate: 1.75%

Public Debt to GDP Ratio, 2017: 98.2%

Trade Balance, 2017: -$10.7 bln.

Inflation, 2017: 1.6%

Sovereign Credit Ratings:

Fitch
AAA
Stable
Moody's
Aaa
Stable
S&P
AAA
Stable

Supporting Factors

Major commodity exporter

medium

Factors of Weakness

Dependence on United States as a major counterparty

The Canadian dollar is the official currency of Canada and is the 7th most traded currency in the world. It is often nicknamed “loonie” for the image of the aquatic bird on $C1 coin. The loonie was introduced as a currency used in Canada and all of its provinces in 1871, while the fixed exchange rate was abandoned in 1970. It is used by some central banks as a reserve currency. The performance of the currency depends on raw materials. Prices for crude oil are the most influential factor on the value of Canada’s dollar as oil is the most important export of Canada.



Canadian Dollar News Archive

Canadian Dollar Rises on Oil Prices, Manufacturing Data

The Canadian dollar is posting modest gains at the end of the trading week, buoyed by higher energy prices and positive manufacturing data. Amid cratering crude prices, the loonie has struggled to find direction, mainly because traders are waiting to see what the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will do relating to output.

USD/CAD Pair Trades in a Range for the Fourth Consecutive Session

The USD/CAD currency pair today traded in a consolidative range extending a trend that has been going on since the start of the week. The currency pair has been range bound despite the commodity-linked loonie being relatively weak due to the massive drop in global crude oil prices as tracked by the West Texas Intermediate.

Canadian Dollar Struggles to Find Direction Amid Crashing Crude Prices

The Canadian dollar is trading relatively sideways on Tuesday as the price of crude oil crashes. The loonie, which slipped to a four-month low early in the trading day, is attempting to snap its four-session losing streak. Without any major Canadian events, investors may not have an appetite for the currency.

USD/CAD Extends Rally on US Court Decision and Weak Oil Prices

The USD/CAD currency pair today extended yesterday’s gains as the Canadian dollar dropped against the greenback amid the ongoing as the global crude oil selloff. The pair’s rally was further accelerated by news reports that a US Federal Court had stopped the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that connects Canadian oilfields to Texas oil pipelines.

Canadian Dollar Sideways Amid Lower Crude Prices, BOC Comments

The Canadian dollar was unable to keep the momentum from last week’s strong jobs report, and the loonie could not get a boost on Monday on bullish comments from the head of the Bank of Canada (BOC). Investors might find direction in the results of Tuesday’s US midterm elections, as well as some American and Canadian economic data this week.

USD/CAD Rallies on Weak Canadian Jobs Data and Upbeat US NFP Report

The USD/CAD currency pair today rallied from fresh weekly lows to new daily highs in the early American session following the release of the latest Canadian jobs data. The pair’s rally was further boosted by the release of the upbeat US non-farm payrolls report, which triggered a massive rally by the greenback against most of its peers.

Canadian Dollar Soft Despite Expanding GDP

The Canadian dollar failed to gain today despite better-than-expected growth of Canada’s economy. The possible reasons for the weakness were: the strength of the US dollar, the decline of crude oil prices, and other macroeconomic indicators, some of which were not that good.

Canadian Dollar Weakens As BOC Rate Hike Buzz Fades

The Canadian dollar is trading slightly lower on Monday as the buzz from the Bank of Canada (BOC)’s recent increase to interest rates has ostensibly faded. Investors will comb through various reports and forecasts pertaining to the national economy in both the short- and long-term until important data is published. It did not help with energy prices tumbling to start the trading week.

Loonie Rallies After Bank of Canada Rate Hike

The Canadian dollar today rallied to new highs against most of its peers including the US dollar after the Bank of Canada announced its interest rate decision in the early American session. The loonie’s rally was further boosted by the hawkish tone in the bank’s monetary policy statement, which investors interpreted as hinting at more rate hikes in future.

Canadian Dollar Sideways Ahead of Key BOC Rate Decision

The Canadian dollar is trading sideways on Monday ahead of an important announcement on interest rates by the Bank of Canada (BOC). The loonie is also struggling to find an upwards direction because of sliding crude oil prices, weak economic data, and a rallying greenback.

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