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How Soon? How Fast? Interest Rates and Other Monetary Policy Decisions in 2010


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  • Michael Parkin

    (University of Western Ontario)


With the economic recovery taking hold and the Bank of Canada’s conditional commitment to keep the overnight rate at 0.25 percent expiring soon, a number of questions about the conduct of monetary policy need to be considered. The author argues the Bank should keep its conditional commitment, but should thereafter raise the overnight rate sharply by 50 basis points at every announcement date until mid-2011. In addition, the Bank should publish conditional statements about the future path of the policy rate to help shape market expectations and avoid surprises that disrupt financial markets, output, and employment. Further, the Bank should withdraw its injection of excess reserves at a future preannounced date and should gradually wind down credit easing measures.

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Paper provided by C.D. Howe Institute in its series e-briefs with number 92.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2010
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Publication status: Published on the C.D. Howe Institute website, February 2010
Handle: RePEc:cdh:ebrief:92

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Keywords: Monetary Policy; Bank of Canada; overnight interest rate;

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