The first monthly decline in CanadaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s employment this year failed to dissuade bond traders from expecting another interest-rate increase by the Bank of Canada next month, though the chances are diminishing.
The odds of a 0.25 percentage point boost stood at 60 percent after the jobs report on Aug. 6, Bank of Nova Scotia data showed. In the days before the report, probabilities ranged from 62 percent to 68 percent. Bank of Canada policy makers next meet to decide monetary policy on Sept. 8.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Despite the Canadian job losses, CanadaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s economy has added more than 200,000 jobs over the past six months, with the unemployment rate down significantly from its recessionary peak,Ã¢â‚¬Â Mohammed Ahmed, a Toronto-based rates strategist at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, said in an interview.
A September increase may likely be the last this year. Chances of a boost at the central bankÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s October and December meetings fell to 30 percent, from almost 40 percent earlier two weeks ago, the Bank of Nova Scotia data showed.
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