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BoC set to outline financial system risks and vulnerabilities today


The Bank of Canada will outline what it sees as the key vulnerabilities and risks to Canada’s financial system later this morning.

The central bank’s annual financial system review comes as decades-high inflation rates are straining deeply indebted households following a significant run-up in the real estate market.

The Bank of Canada has been raising interest rates to try to curb inflation, which is also increasing the carrying costs of mortgages.

Last year’s review focused on the intensification of household vulnerabilities from the housing market, while at the time the bank still expected inflation to peak near three per cent last summer before easing later in 2021.

Inflation has instead intensified, in part due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with Statistics Canada saying inflation hit 6.8 per cent in April driven up largely by higher food and shelter prices.

A Bank of Canada survey on the financial system released on Monday found that the chance of a shock that could impair the financial system had increased from last fall because of increased geopolitical risks, the withdrawal of monetary policy support, and higher inflation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 9, 2022. 



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