Bank of Canada sees limit to low interest-rate strategy

High household debt is stretching the Bank of Canada’s low interest rate strategy to the limit, Senior Deputy Governor Tiff Macklem said on Thursday, hinting that the central bank will retain its bias toward higher interest rates.

Macklem, considered the strongest candidate to be the next governor of the central bank after Mark Carney leaves later this year, said keeping rates low for the longest period since the early 1950s was the right thing to do during the global financial crisis and in its aftermath.

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