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Canadian dollar coins. (Larry MacDougal)
Canadian dollar coins. (Larry MacDougal)

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Here's a roundup of some of the Globe's recent coverage of the rising loonie:


  • The Canadian dollar's ascent against the greenback this year has been well publicized. But how does it stack up against other major currencies? Tavia Grant finds out:
  • A Canadian dollar that persists around the 95-cent (U.S.) mark next year could slice as much as 3 per cent from the country's economic growth, Export Development Canada warned Tuesday:
  • Globe Investor has started a special education series of articles on understanding the Canadian dollar. Part one: What should the value of the Canadian dollar be?
  • Konrad Yakabuski wrote the weekend Globe Essay and answered questions in an online discussion about why he believes it's time for Canada and the United States to share the same currency:
  • The Canadian dollar's race toward parity risks "more than fully" offsetting the benefits from a surprisingly strong recovery from recession, the Bank of Canada said Tuesday. Explaining their decision to leave the benchmark interest rate at a record low of 0.25 per cent, policy makers said the loonie's ascent to levels around 97 cents (U.S.) in recent weeks is hurting Canadian exporters' ability to participate in a global economic rebound that is stronger than they expected it would be in July.
  • The Canadian dollar tumbled more than a cent after the Bank of Canada warned the strong currency will slow economic growth.
  • When commodity prices are up and economic fundamentals are improving, the Canadian economy tends to purr - and a rising loonie only helps, David Berman reports:
  • The loonie's strength has caught many strategists by surprise, and underscores the difficulties in pinpointing global currency directions, Tavia Grant writes:

Last week

  • How to make the rising dollar your best friend : When the Canadian dollar gets to par, it's time to load
  • The Canadian dollar took flight again Wednesday, passing 97 cents (U.S.), amid higher oil prices and as global investors offloaded the U.S. currency.
  • The embattled U.S. dollar sank again Tuesday, driving the loonie past 97 U.S. cents, and also pushing gold and oil higher.


  • The Canadian dollar powered to its highest level in more than a year Friday, hitting 95.93 cents (U.S.) in morning trading - and rekindling speculation on when it might reach parity with the U.S. dollar.
  • The Bank of Canada repeated its concern about the strength of the Canadian dollar on Thursday, warning that it could delay the return of inflation to the bank's 2 per cent target.
  • International currency traders are treating Canada like Australia, strategists say, expecting the Bank of Canada to follow with its own interest rate hike, despite repeated comments from the Canadian central bank that rates will likely stay on hold until the middle of next year.
  • The loonie was little changed after the market's closed Wednesday after record gold prices sent the currency to a one-year high earlier in the day.
  • Australia's surprise interest rate hike, the first among the Group of 20 countries, set off a wave of optimism that rippled through currency and stock markets Tuesday.
  • The loonie jumped more than a penny Wednesday as investors sold the U.S. currency and as oil prices gained ground:
  • Market watcher and Canadian dollar bull says currency withstood 'a very severe shot' from Carney and sees the loonie poised for further gains:


  • The Canadian economy will likely perform better than the Bank of Canada had anticipated in the second half of this year - though a strong currency could prove a threat to expansion, the central bank said Wednesday. "Persistent strength in the Canadian dollar remains a risk to growth," said Bank of Canada deputy governor David Longworth in a speech in Summerside, PEI.

  • The Canadian dollar could rally further as fears about Bank of Canada intervention ease, RBC Dominion Securities said in a research note Friday.

  • On Thursday the Canadian dollar reached its highest level in 11 months against a generally lower U.S. currency Thursday, spurred by firm equity markets:

  • Long-time Canadian dollar bull, Dennis Gartman, Virginia-based author of The Gartman Letter, finds plenty of reason for optimism about the loonie, including the United States-China trade skirmish:

  • The Canadian dollar fell against its U.S. counterpart Tuesday even as other currencies gained, signalling that traders are taking seriously the Bank of Canada's stand against a stronger loonie.

  • On Tuesday, the loonie three-quarters of a cent, prompting Scotiabank currency strategist Camilla Sutton to warn that political uncertainty could drive the Canadian dollar lower following Opposition Leader Michael Ignatieff's comment that the federal Liberals will no longer prop up the minority Conservative government:


  • On Friday, the government annoucned plans to launch a U.S. dollar denominated global bond of up to $3-billion (U.S.) in the near future, which would be its first foreign currency global bond issue in more than a decade. Analysts did not expect the move to affect the loonie's value.

  • The Globe and Mail printed an editorial in response to the Bank of Canada deputy's speech warning about the danger's of the loonie's rise and hinting that it may resort to quantitative easing. "While tending to lower the purchasing power of Canadians generally, such easing would also lower the Canadian dollar, without specifically targeting it. At a time of incipient recovery, when there is already a risk of revived inflation, quantitative easing is a doubtful choice. It would make more sense to take direct aim at the exchange rate, by selling Canadian-dollar-denominated securities and buying U.S.-dollar-denominated ones, thus changing the supply of, and demand for, the two currencies...."
  • On Wednesday, the loonie fell near the bottom of the list among the world's major currencies as it lost more than a cent and settled around 91 cents U.S. Allan Robinson reports:

  • Bank of Canada Deputy Governor Timothy Lane said "persistent strength" in the loonie could derail the country's recovery from recession and signalled the central bank is prepared to weaken the currency if necessary:

  • David Parkinson writes about why the loonie and our attractive bonds make Canada a desirable place to invest money:

  • In a Taking Stock column, Boyd Erman wrote about why the Canadian dollar's rise is good for Canada and its investors:


  • Scotia Capital currency strategist Camilla Sutton took your questions on the Canadian dollar:
  • While she was at the Globe and Mail, Ms. Sutton made a special guest appearance to answer three questions from David Berman in a special Berman's view video:
  • Report on Business reported on how the strong loonie is helping shrink the price gap between Canadian and U.S. goods:
  • Report on Business looked at all of these questions and others in an online discussion with Sheryl King, Head of Canada Economics and Chief Strategist at Merrill Lynch Canada: The high dollar and you
  • Many economists said they expect the dollar to reach parity by the end of the year:
  • What's been pushing the dollar so high? Check out our breakdown:
  • Should the Bank of Canada choose to intervene, what can Mark Carney actually do?
  • The loonie hit a 10-month high, fuelling fears the rapid rise will hamper the fragile Canadian recovery:
  • The rise pushed Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney to speak out:
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