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A Bank of Canada interest rate hike is ‘miles’ away as consumers appear unenthusiastic about spending


Canadian households are making a bland contribution to an economic recovery battered by slumping crude oil prices, keeping the central bank stuck as the U.S. moves toward raising interest rates. Liberals say Canada is billions deeper in the hole as they open the books for first time The new government …

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Bank of Canada keeps key rate at 1/2 per cent as economy faces ‘complex and lengthy adjustment’


OTTAWA — Despite some obvious rough patches in the economy, the Bank of Canada appears content to ride over them for the next few months — and perhaps a lot longer. Governor Stephen Poloz and his policy team reinforced that view on Wednesday, choosing to keep their trendsetting interest rate …

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Bank of Canada willing to resort to below-zero interest rate in face of major economic crisis, Poloz says


TORONTO — The Bank of Canada would be willing to cut its benchmark interest rate to below zero per cent if the country is faced with a major economic shock, says Stephen Poloz, governor of the Bank of Canada. People in Sweden are hiding cash in their microwaves because of …

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What to look for in a U.S. bank stock


What does it take to be a top-performing U.S. bank stock? Apparently, long-term value creation for shareholders comes partly from companies that generate the strongest growth in tangible book value and dividends. Analysts at RBC Capital Markets tracked data going back five, 10 and 20 years, and found that these …

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Bank of Nova Scotia taps central bank veteran Jean-Francois Perrault as chief economist


Bank of Nova Scotia hired Jean-Francois Perrault, a veteran of the Bank of Canada and the country’s finance department, as chief economist to replace Warren Jestin, who is retiring. Perrault had also previously held posts at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, according to a statement. “Jean-François’s in-depth …

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Why the Star Wars rebel alliance needs a central bank


ST. LOUIS, MO. – The U.S. Federal Reserve has it easy — at least compared to the problems that would face a Central Galactic Bank after the smoke clears from the anti-Empire rebellion when Star Wars episode VII premieres this week. Blowing up the Death Star in Star Wars would …

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Canadian lawsuit names Bank of Nova Scotia in gold price manipulation


TORONTO — Bank of Nova Scotia, embroiled in a lawsuit in the United States along with a handful of international banks over alleged manipulation of a key benchmark based on the gold price, is facing a fresh lawsuit filed in Canada. Lawyers at Sotos LLP, Koskie Minsky LLP and Camp …

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Equitable launches ’digital bank’ with 3% interest savings account to lure deposits from Canadian rivals


Equitable Bank, the Canadian alternative-mortgage provider, is jumping into the online banking business with a savings account that pays more than triple the interest rate of other branchless rivals. Equitable started signing up customers this week for its EQ Bank, offering 3 per cent interest on savings with no fees …

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Bank of Montreal becomes first of the big banks to launch ’robo-adviser’ service


TORONTO — The Bank of Montreal has launched an online portfolio manager, making it the first of the big five Canadian banks to wade into the “robo-adviser” business. After a trial run that started on Dec. 7, the service — dubbed SmartFolio — is available to all investors starting Monday. …

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With economy at risk, Bank of Canada’s Stephen Poloz remains on dovish path


OTTAWA — A year ago this month, financial markets were shaken, and economists caught flat footed, by a shock cut in the Bank of Canada’s key interest rate — the first adjustment in any direction in more than four years. Calls growing for a Bank of Canada interest rate cut …

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