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May Inflation Data coming June 27

On June 27th, the May Consumer Price Index (CPI) data will be released in Canada, providing crucial insights into the country’s inflation trends. The previous month, the CPI nudged up to 4.4% after experiencing a drop in March to 4.3%. These numbers indicate a relatively high level of inflation, which has been a cause for concern among economists and policymakers.

To better understand the significance of the May inflation data, it’s essential to examine the CPI numbers for the past 12 months. In May 2022, the inflation rate reached a peak of 8.1% before steadily declining. The slight uptick in April 2023 played a role in the Bank of Canada’s decision to increase interest rates by 25 basis points in June 2023. However, subsequent economic indicators, such as the jobs report, showed results opposite to market expectations.

Warning Signs of a Recession

The possibility of a recession looms, and economist Benjamin Tal from CIBC warns of a potential monetary policy error. Historically, recessions have often been caused or exacerbated by mistakes in monetary policy, and Canada may be nearing such an error.

David Rosenberg, founder of independent research firm Rosenberg Research & Associates Inc., shares concerns about the Bank of Canada’s decision to hike rates. He questions the central bank’s analysis and its belief that rate-sensitive sectors can withstand tightening measures. In reality, many sectors, including manufacturing, residential construction, real estate, financial services, retail, and wholesale sectors, have experienced contractions or decline over the past several months. This data raises doubts about the Bank of Canada’s assessment of the overall economy.

Contrasting Approaches: US Federal Reserve vs. Bank of Canada

In contrast to the Bank of Canada’s actions, the U.S. Federal Reserve decided to leave interest rates unchanged on June 14th. Fed Chair Jerome Powell acknowledged the strength of the U.S. economy and the slower decline in inflation, which prompted discussions about the potential need for further rate increases. However, Powell emphasized caution and the necessity of gathering more information before making any definitive decisions. The Fed’s focus lies in finding a balance between curbing inflation and minimizing negative impacts on unemployment and economic growth.

The Bank of Canada’s recent rate hike, combined with concerns about the state of various sectors of the economy, raises questions about the country’s economic trajectory. While some indicators suggest a stronger economy, others point to potential challenges and risks. The May inflation data will provide valuable insights into the ongoing inflationary pressures and their implications for the Bank of Canada’s future decisions on interest rates.

As investors and analysts await the release of the May CPI numbers, uncertainty looms regarding Canada’s economic outlook. The central bank’s policy choices and their impact on the economy will play a crucial role in determining whether Canada faces a period of recession or manages to navigate through the challenges successfully.

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Josh Tagg has been the owner of Mortgages For Less since 2006. During that time Josh has developed a reputation for being an industry leader and advocate for client education.

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