Governor Tiff Macklem shifted his tone notably today, reassuring that the Bank was “trying to balance the risks of over- and under-tightening”, whereas previously the emphasis had stressed that it was better to tighten too much rather than too little. The smaller 50 bp hike today – to 3.75% – is the beginning of the end for the tightening cycle, although we still expect 50bp in hikes over the next two meetings.
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