Canadian Dollar CAD


Detailed information and fundamental factors

Central Bank: Bank of Canada

Interest Rate: 0.75%

Public Debt to GDP Ratio, 2013: 86.3%

Trade Balance, 2013: -$12.3 bln.

Inflation, 2013: 1%

Sovereign Credit Ratings:


Supporting Factors

Major commodity exporter


Factors of Weakness

Dependence on United States as a major counterparty

The Canadian dollar is the official currency of Canada and is the 7th most traded currency in the world. It is often nicknamed “loonie” for the image of the aquatic bird on $C1 coin. The loonie was introduced as a currency used in Canada and all of its provinces in 1871, while the fixed exchange rate was abandoned in 1970. It is used by some central banks as a reserve currency. The performance of the currency depends on raw materials. Prices for crude oil are the most influential factor on the value of Canada’s dollar as oil is the most important export of Canada.

Canadian Dollar News Archive

Reasons for Decline of Canadian Dollar to Fresh Lows

The Canadian dollar dropped to the fresh lows against its US peer during the Thursday’s session and also fell against some other majors including the euro. The currency has plenty of reasons for its weakness, both domestic and global.

Loonie Remains Down Against Greenback

Loonie continues to fall against the greenback, even though oil is a little bit higher today. The Canadian dollar is doing better against European currencies, though.

Bank of Canada Shocks Market Cutting Main Interest Rate, CAD Sinks

It looks like central banks decided to rock the market continuously. Last week it was the Swiss Nation Bank that shocked traders, today it was the Bank of Canada that made an unexpected move by cutting its benchmark overnight rate. Needless to say, the Canadian dollar suffered as a result of such decision.

Oil Prices Continue Drag on Canadian Dollar

Oil prices continue to pull on the Canadian dollar today, bringing it down against the US dollar to a level not seen since 2009. Loonie is likely to continue to fall further, as long as the oil slide is in effect.

CAD Drops to Lowest Since May 2009 vs. USD

Macroeconomic reports from Canada were universally bad today, driving the Canadian dollar lower against most of major peers. The currency reached the lowest level since May 2009 against the US dollar.

Canadian Dollar Mixed During Early Friday’s Trading

The Canadian dollar was mixed at the early trading on Friday. While the currency attempted to extend its rally versus the Japanese yen, it was trading virtually flat against the euro and the US dollar.

Canadian Dollar Drops as CPI Declines, Still Stronger than Yen

The Canadian dollar fell today as Canada’s consumer prices declined more than was expected. Still, the currency was able to outperform the euro and the Japanese yen.

CAD Ignores Negative Domestic Fundamentals, Unable to Outperform USD

The Canadian dollar soared today with the help of rising price for crude oil. This allowed the currency to ignore negative domestic macroeconomic data though it was unable to outperform the US dollar.

Loonie’s Struggles Continue as Oil Continues to Fall

Canadian dollar continues to struggle in Forex trading, thanks in large part to falling oil prices. There doesn’t seem to be a bottom to the oil collapse, and the loonie is most lower against its major counterparts as a result of the oil weakness.

CAD Touches Lowest Since 2009 vs. USD, Gains vs. EUR & JPY

The Canadian employment report was not nearly as good as the US one. As a result, the Canadian dollar dropped against the US dollar, touching the lowest level since July 2009. Surprisingly enough, the loonie managed to log gains against such major currencies as the euro and the Japanese yen.



Subscribe to Forex News by E-mail: