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Increasing Interest Rates to Lower Inflation: Is it Worth the Risk?

Written By: Olivia Vanleeuwen


“On September 21, 2022, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announced that it will raise the key interest rate from 3% to 3.25% and that the rate hikes will continue (1).”

In August 2022 inflation rose to 7% which is 5 percentage points above the target inflation rate that the Bank of Canada wants (2). The Bank of Canada has decided that the best way to fight inflation is to steadily increase the interest rates until inflation decreases to its target of 2%.  Continue reading…