The consumer price index ( how we track inflation) hit a 31 year high for the month of April at 6.8%. Up .1% from March. The increase is a result of higher food and housing costs. The causes of this stem from the war in Ukraine and supply chain disruptions in China due to Covid. While global crude oil prices declined in April, they have vastly increased in May so we may be in for another record for the May report.
As a result of the record high CPI we are pretty much guranteed for another Bank of Canada rate increase when they meet next on June 3rd. What we don’t know is if it will be another 50 basis points like the last time or just 25 basis points like the first increase we had earlier this year.
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