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Here are the top reads on deals and financial services over the last 24 hours,

Liberals announce $1.1-billion COVID-19 package, signal more could come in March 30 budget: The Liberal government announced an economic package worth $1.1-billion Wednesday in response to COVID-19 and signalled more could come in the federal budget, which will be delivered on March 30. (Bill Curry)

Lower interest rates send mortgage market into a frenzy as buyers race to take advantage: Lower interest rates have sent the mortgage industry into a frenzy, as homeowners and buyers race to take advantage of cheaper loans. (Rachelle Younglai)

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Bank of Canada’s move to hold rates steady last year is paying off with more room to cut now: This can’t have been the way Stephen Poloz thought he’d spend his last months as Governor of the Bank of Canada.

Energy experts warn of a long downturn amid oil price war: Energy experts are handing out tough-love advice for oil and gas industry executives sideswiped by falling commodity prices: Get used to it, this could be your reality for the next year. (Andrew Willis)

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BMO expects Bank of Canada to cut key interest rate to record low: The Bank of Canada will have to slash its key interest rate by another three-quarters of a percentage point in its next rate decision in mid-April, Bank of Montreal says, as plunging oil prices and mounting coronavirus fears prompt economists to rewrite their economic and rate forecasts. (David Parkinson)

Why now is a good opportunity to load up on Canadian bank stocks: The free-falling price of crude oil has walloped North American energy companies, and the Canadian banks that lend to them are being hit almost as hard. But the bank sell-off may be overdone, offering a good buying opportunity – and dividend yields that now average 5.7 per cent. (David Berman)

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