Canadian Dollar (CAD)

QUOTE AND NEWS
Wall Street Journal  30 min ago  Comment 
Canadian National Railway Co. said Monday that its first-quarter profit was higher than a year earlier as strong freight volumes, easier winter weather and a lower Canadian dollar boosted results.
The Economic Times  6 hrs ago  Comment 
The export touched $ 310.5 bn last fiscal, which was down 1.2 per cent from $ 314.1 bn in the previous fiscal and 7.5 per cent lower than the estimate.
New York Times  7 hrs ago  Comment 
The deal for the Montreal circus troupe is said to be valued at about 1.5 billion Canadian dollars.
The Times of India  Apr 18  Comment 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Canada has generated business worth more than 1.6 billion Canadian dollars, according to official figures released by the Harper government here.
Forex News  Apr 17  Comment 
The Canadian dollar rallied earlier during the current trading session, hitting the two-year high versus the euro, with the help of favorable economic data from Canada. Yet the loonie was unable to keep gains and is now trading far below...
Forex News  Apr 16  Comment 
The Canadian dollar rose today, climbing to the highest level in almost three months against its US counterpart and the Japanese yen, as poor economic data from the United States and the rally of crude oil prices played in favor...
Forex News  Apr 15  Comment 
The Canadian dollar gained today, reaching the highest level since May 2013 against the euro, after the Bank of Canada refrained from changing its monetary policy. The rally of crude oil prices added fuel to the loonie’s upward...




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The Canadian Dollar (also known as "Loonie" [1]) is the currency of the Nation of Canada. It is denoted with a leading $, though in an international context the $ is often appended to a "C" to distinguish the currency from other dollars. For example, within the nation of Canada $69 is read "sixty-nine dollars," while in an international context the same value might be written C$69 and read "sixty-nine dollars, Canadian".

The chart at left shows the USD/CAD currency pair; the number of Canadian dollars equivalent to 1 U.S. Dollar (USD).

Forex Markets [1]

Trading Hours

The most active CAD trading hours are from CAD Economic news (7:00AM ET / 12:00 GMT) and US Economic News (8:30AM ET / 13:30 GMT)[1].

Key Currency Crosses

The 3 key currency crosses are

Things to know when trading the Canadian Dollar (CAD)

The prices of oil have enormous influence on USD/CAD because Canada is one of the world’s largest oil producers. Therefore when oil prices rise, it tends to drive the Canadian dollar higher and vice versa


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The 10 year chart of Oil vs. USD/CHF (inverted). The USD/CHF has been declining behind Oil price from Jul 2008 to Dec 2008. USD/CHF started to rise and exceed Oil price at the start of 2009

Nickname – The Canadian dollar frequently known as the “loonie.” This nickname comes from the image of a common loon, a well-known Canadian bird on one side of a one dollar Canadian coin.

Central Bank - The Bank of Canada conducts monetary policy meetings 8 times a year and their decisions on interest rates could have significant ramifications for the currency market. Mark Carney is currently the Bank of Canada Governor. He was appointed to the 7 year term in February 2008.

Most Active Trading Hours – We tend to see the most significant volatility in the Canadian dollar when Canada economic data is released which is usually at 7am ET (12:00 GMT) or 8:30am ET (13:30 GMT)

What Does the Economy Rely On? – Like many other major developed nations, the service sector in Canada makes up the largest percentage of GFT. However Canada is also one of the world’s few net exporters of energy and most important supplier of agricultural products. They also have the world’s second largest oil reserves.

Who Does the Economy Rely on for Trade? – Due to the geographical proximity, Canada’s most important trade partner is the United States, followed by the United Kingdom and China.

Market Moving Economic Releases – Central bank rate decisions are usually the most market moving indicators, which mean that they can create the greatest volatility for any currency followed by the employment report, the consumer spending and inflation reports.

The Canadian Economy

Key Facts

The Canadian Economy is comprised of 69.6% Services, 28.4% Industrial, and 2% Agriculture. It's largest trading partners are US, UK and China. Some other key facts about the Canadian Economy:

  1. US Consumes 80% of Canadian Exports
  2. Ninth Largest Oil Exporter
  3. Seventh Most Traded Currency
  4. Ninth Largest Economy in the World
  5. Large Logging and Oil Industries

General Economic Statistics

2008 GDP EstimateUSD $1.56 Trillion
Population:33.5 Million
Interest Rate*0.25%
Inflation**1.20%
Trade Balance***CAD $1.10 Billion

Market Moving Economic Releases

  1. BoC Rate Decision
  2. IVEY PMI (Purchasing Managers Index)
  3. Retail Sales
  4. Consumer Prices
  5. Employment Change
  6. GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
  7. Trade Balance

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 FX360.com, Japanese Yen (JPY) Factsheet by Kathy Lien
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