Canadian Dollar Falls Most in Month

Canada's dollar fell the most in almost a month after a government report showed slowing economic growth in November, fueling speculation that the Bank of Canada will cut interest rates.

The Canadian dollar snapped a three-day winning streak as the slowing economy stoked worry that U.S.-led financial troubles will spill into Canada. The Bank of Canada lowered its growth forecast on Jan. 24 because of weak export demand from the U.S. and said it will probably reduce lending rates again this year. It cut the benchmark rate to 4 percent Jan. 22. Canada ships about 80 percent of its exports to the U.S.

The currency, known as the loonie after the image of the bird on its one-dollar coin, fell 1 percent to C$1.0030 per U.S. dollar at 12:39 p.m. in Toronto, from 99.33 Canadian cents yesterday. It was the biggest decline since Jan. 4. One Canadian dollar buys 99.70 U.S. cents.

Canadian Dollar Falls Most in Month, Bloomberg
1/31/2008 11:06:20 AM