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Analysts at TD Securities are no longer expecting further rate hikes from the Bank of Canada, meaning the overnight rate will top out at 1.75% this cycle.

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“Q4 GDP was the nail in the coffin, as the muted growth figures and expectations for sub-trend growth in Q1 imply an output gap that will not close before the end of 2020. Furthermore, recent developments suggest that homeowners are still struggling to adapt to higher rates, with existing home sales holding near a 7- year low in March while household leverage sits at a record high.”

“Core inflation firmed to 1.97% in March but most of the move was driven by base-effects and we see little scope for further gains given the muted growth backdrop The labour market remains the one bright spot in the domestic economy and while we did lose 7k jobs in March, the six-month average is still elevated at 36k. Furthermore, wages have finally started to pick up off the lows but this alone is not enough to keep the BoC on a tightening path.”