As the economy begins to creep out of its economic rut, the market has begun to speculate on when interest rates will rise. The Bank of Canada pledged in April to hold interest rates at 0.25% until the end of June, 2010. The move was designed to ease credit pressures on financial institutions and consumers as the recession intensified. However, the pledge -- an unconventional monetary policy tool used to keep short-term interest rates and mortgage rates low -- came with an exit clause. If price inflation begins to threaten the economy, the central bank could raise interest rates earlier. But will they? Time will only tell.
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