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Week Ahead North America – FOMC Minutes Key, Canadian Inflation in Focus

  • Is March a live meeting for the Fed?
  • Inflation data in focus as markets eye July BoC rate cut

FOMC minutes could tell us how close they are to rate cuts

It’s been a turbulent start to the year, one in which we’ve seen significant shifts in expectations for the economy, interest rates, and the markets.

This past week was evidence of that with inflation exceeding expectations while retail sales dived at the start of the year. That’s not made the Federal Reserve’s job of determining when the correct time to start cutting rates any easier.

The mixed data since the last meeting though makes the FOMC minutes – released on Wednesday – all the more interesting. March appears unlikely for the first cut but the minutes could tell us how close policymakers think they are.

Is inflation set to fall again in Canada?

There’s a lot of economic data being released next week which will be of keen interest to traders, particularly in light of what we’ve seen elsewhere recently.

Easing expectations have been scaled back across the board recently, with the Bank of Canada not expected to start cutting rates until July. Weaker inflation and retail sales reports next week could see that brought forward.


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