Canada is already in a recession, says Bank of America, and the loonie is set to get hammered

Financial Post

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has become the first bank to call for a Canadian recession this year.

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Economist Emanuella Enenajor and her team now say that Canada’s economy will shrink by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter, following a 0.6 per cent contraction in the first. The definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of contraction.

A recession sets up the Bank of Canada for another rate cut this year, said Enenajor, and she expects that the downturn will hammer the Canadian dollar — knocking it down to just under 77 cents U.S. by…

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