CURRENCY PROFILE: Learn The Essentials of Trading the Loonie (CAD)

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Seasoned Forex traders know the traits and characteristics of each major Forex currency as well as they know their friends. For example, if you know that your friend is deathly allergic to peanuts, you would make sure you don’t put peanuts into the meal when that friend comes for dinner. The same goes for trading Forex, you would want to know of any danger zones for each of the major Forex currencies to protect your investment.

We have already discussed a few major points of trading the USD, now let us discuss trading the CAD:

Quick Currency Facts About The CAD

  • Investopedia reports that based on nominal GDP, Canada is part of the “trillion-dollar” club and has the potential to make it to the Top Ten world economies.
  • The Canadian economy is known as a commodity-linked country as the country’s early economic development hinged upon exploitation and export of natural resources. According to CNN, Canada is the 5th top oil producer in the world. And according to, it is also the 5th largest producer of gold worldwide.
  • Canada’s economy is highly dependent on commodities. When the price of commodities such as oil and gold change, so does the value of the CAD.

A Few Key CAD Indicators to Follow

Unemployment Rate

Released by “Statistics Canada” this is computed as the number of unemployed workers divided by the total labor force (civilians only). Typically, if the rate is up, this shows struggle in the Canadian labor market and a weakening of the Canadian economy, and therefore bearish for the Loonie. On the other hand, a decrease in this rate is bullish) for the CAD.

Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Released by the Bank of Canada, the “Core” CPI is considered the key indicator for inflation in Canada. A high reading is considered bullish for the CAD, and a low reading is considered bearish.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

The total value of all goods and services produced within Canada during a given year as released by Statistics Canada. It is a measure of the income generated by production within Canada. GDP is also referred to as economic output. To avoid counting the same output more than once, GDP includes only final goods and services – not those that are used to make another product. GDP would not include the wheat used to make bread, but would include the bread itself.

Bank of Canada (BoC) Interest Rate Decision

Generally, raising the interest rates indicates a strong bias to the inflationary outlook of the economy and the results is bullish, for the CAD. Conversely, keeping the ongoing interest rate steady or decreasing the rate means the BoC has a dovish view on the Canadian economy and the result is bearish for the CAD.

Trading the CAD

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