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The Bank of Canada removed “cautious” from the monetary policy statement, suggesting a slightly less data-dependent approach to policy normalisation.

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“This should lead the market to price in a July hike with more conviction.”

“Furthermore, clarification of the reasoning behind the change will likely come from BOC officials ahead of the July meeting, which could provide further hawkish surprises.”

“Tactically, we see opportunities for CAD longs against other commodity currencies into the July BOC meeting.”