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Economy

The economy slows to a crawl

Today’s release of the GDP for November confirms that growth has come to a crawl at the end of 2022, now at its weakest since early 2021.

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Economy

The Bank of Canada hikes by 25bp and confirms rates are on hold

The Bank of Canada increased its policy rate by 25bp, in line with our expectations, to 4.50%, its highest level since November 2007. The central bank also announced that it would continue quantitative tightening (QT). So far this year, the BoC has increased its policy rate by 400bp, the fastest pace since the mid-1990s.

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Economy

Retail sales are slowly easing

Retail sales declined in November but the preliminary estimate suggests some reversal in December. So far this year, it is clear that retail sales have mainly increased because of inflation.

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Economy

House prices declined for a tenth consecutive month

National house prices declined for a tenth consecutive month. Since the start of the correction, prices nationally have fallen by 13.2%. However, the correction has been more significant in some markets, especially those with the most significant post-pandemic gains.

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Economy

Inflation moderates in November, but core remains sticky

Inflation moderated in November at the elevated level of 6.8%. However, the headline number covers some divergences in the components, with a moderation in transportation costs, due to lower gasoline prices offsetting an acceleration in food and shelter costs and some other components.

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Economy

House prices correction continues with no end in sight

National house prices declined for a ninth consecutive month. Since the start of the correction, prices nationally have fallen by 11.5%. However, the correction has been bigger in some markets, especially those with the most significant post-pandemic gains. Rising interest rates since the start of the year have had a cooling impact on the housing market, especially with most rate hikes expected before the end of the year.

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