Forecasts for the Canadian dollar change all the time, affected by news events and relative sentiment towards the Canadian economy. This continually updated article reviews CAD bank forecasts and popular cross-rate trends.
CAD in the markets
The Canadian dollar stormed ahead in the second half of June, rising to a 16-week high against the US dollar and to 8-month highs against the euro, pound, Australian and New Zealand dollars. Against the Aussie, a minimal additional increase would take CAD to a 9-year high.
Supporting the loonie was a 10 percent rise in the oil price (oil is among Canada’s most exported products but is volatile and can’t be relied upon), a large and welcome jump in inflation, and dovishness at major central banks of the world, including the Federal Reserve, ECB and RBA.
Any delay to Canadian ratification of the USMCA trade deal (already accepted by Mexico) is likely to depress sentiment on Canada’s currency.
CAD cross-rate trends & forecasts
CAD to USD
The Canadian economy is in “way better shape” than the Bank of Canada currently believes, analysts at Scotiabank said in May before labelling the loonie a “seriously” undervalued currency.
Experts at Citibank said in June that USD/CAD would likely fall to 1.30 within 6-12 months, from mid-month rates near 1.315, but they cited escalating global trade tensions as a major risk to this forecast.
CIBC is predicting USD/CAD at 1.36 at the end of 2019 but sees CAD weakness towards 1.40 sometime in 2020 (1.40 hasn’t been seen since early 2016).
|7 Day||+0.2%||0.7524||13 Sep 2019|
|30 Day||+0.2%||0.7525||21 Aug 2019|
|3 Month||-0.3%||0.7558||22 Jun 2019|
|1 Year||-2.7%||0.7746||20 Sep 2018|
|5 Year||-17.4%||0.9127||21 Sep 2014|
|10 Year||-19.4%||0.9359||22 Sep 2009|
*For period to 20-Sep 21UTC when CAD/USD was 0.7539
CAD to GBP
|1 Day||+0.4%||0.6022||19 Sep 2019|
|7 Day||+0.5%||0.6017||13 Sep 2019|
|30 Day||-2.6%||0.6204||21 Aug 2019|
|3 Month||+1.9%||0.5932||22 Jun 2019|
|1 Year||+3.6%||0.5837||20 Sep 2018|
|5 Year||+8%||0.5598||21 Sep 2014|
|10 Year||+5.6%||0.5722||22 Sep 2009|
*For period to 20-Sep 21UTC when CAD/GBP was 0.6045
CAD to EUR
|1 Day||+0.2%||0.6828||19 Sep 2019|
|7 Day||+1.2%||0.6760||13 Sep 2019|
|30 Day||+0.8%||0.6785||21 Aug 2019|
|3 Month||+3.1%||0.6638||22 Jun 2019|
|1 Year||+4%||0.6578||20 Sep 2018|
|5 Year||-3.8%||0.7111||21 Sep 2014|
|10 Year||+8.1%||0.6327||22 Sep 2009|
*For period to 20-Sep 21UTC when CAD/EUR was 0.6842
CAD to INR
|1 Day||-0.3%||53.8416||19 Sep 2019|
|7 Day||+0.4%||53.4451||13 Sep 2019|
|30 Day||-0.1%||53.7659||21 Aug 2019|
|3 Month||+2.1%||52.5884||22 Jun 2019|
|1 Year||-3.4%||55.5589||20 Sep 2018|
|5 Year||-3.3%||55.5382||21 Sep 2014|
|10 Year||+19.7%||44.8495||22 Sep 2009|
*For period to 20-Sep 21UTC when CAD/INR was 53.6854
You can also read our full Foreign Exchange Guide to Canada.
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