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#250259 - 09/20/07 05:17 PM $ 1 US = $ 1 Canada: First time in 31 years
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Canadian Dollar Trades Equal to U.S. for First Time Since 1976
By Haris Anwar and Theophilos Argitis

Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Canada's dollar traded equal to the U.S. currency for the first time in three decades, capping a five-year run on the back of booming demand for the nation's commodities.

The Canadian dollar reached $1.0002, before retreating to trade at 99.93 U.S. cents at 11:01 a.m. in New York. It has soared 62 percent from a record low in 2002. The currency last closed above par on Nov. 25, 1976, the day before the Sex Pistols punk band released their first single, ``Anarchy in the U.K.''

The move to parity marks a milestone for a currency often mocked in the U.S. as ``Monopoly money'' because of its colorful notes and diminished value. Parity also symbolizes Canada's emerging clout in a world economy increasingly short of the energy, grains and metals the country produces.

``It's a long time since those heady days,'' said Frank McKenna, 59, deputy chairman of Toronto-Dominion Bank, the country's third-biggest lender, and a former ambassador to the U.S. ``Canadians should understand that this is a badge of confidence in our country.''

Canada, the world's eighth-biggest economy, has benefited from rising demand for copper, gold, wheat and oil from neighboring U.S. and emerging economies such as India and China. The country is the world's largest producer of uranium, the second-biggest exporter of natural gas, and sits on the largest pool of oil reserves outside the Middle East. Canada is also the world's second-largest exporter of wheat, which rose to a record this month.

Last Updated: September 20, 2007 11:03 EDT

Live and let live

#250261 - 09/20/07 05:27 PM Re: $ 1 US = $ 1 Canada: First time in 31 years [Re: Short]
SimonB Offline
Good news, makes Belize much more attractive to Canadians! Can't believe how fast it's risen. http://finance.yahoo.com/currency/convert?amt=1&from=CAD&to=USD

#250263 - 09/20/07 05:36 PM Re: $ 1 US = $ 1 Canada: First time in 31 years [Re: SimonB]
Sir Isaac Newton Offline
Good time to buy in Belize Canadians!!!!

Let me know when the Belize Dollar is at par, then we can have a party!
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#250273 - 09/20/07 06:30 PM Re: $ 1 US = $ 1 Canada: First time in 31 years [Re: Sir Isaac Newton]
Danny2 Offline
Would it be wise to trade u.s. dollars for another? Witch one? (pun)

#250275 - 09/20/07 06:33 PM Re: $ 1 US = $ 1 Canada: First time in 31 years [Re: Danny2]
Ernie B Offline
Gold and silver. No pun !
Gun Control is Hitting Your Target.

#250296 - 09/20/07 08:39 PM Re: $ 1 US = $ 1 Canada: First time in 31 years [Re: Ernie B]
Sir Isaac Newton Offline
Not wise to trade when low, wise to purchase when low. Wise for Canandians to purchase when high, he he, is it 420?
Check out my site: www.ambergriscayerealestate.net

#250298 - 09/20/07 09:00 PM Re: $ 1 US = $ 1 Canada: First time in 31 years [Re: Sir Isaac Newton]
JZB Offline
Great news for those in Canada. Bad news for those visiting Canada. The exchange rate USED TO almost make up for the GST and PST, now my Toronto shopping trips are gonna cost a fortune! Bummer.

#250300 - 09/20/07 09:24 PM Re: $ 1 US = $ 1 Canada: First time in 31 years [Re: JZB]
Experts believe the US$ will go much lower. Saudi Arabia may be about to remove its peg to the US$, and that will have an enormous effect. It's only a good thing from a narrow personal perspective - in most respects it's liable to be catastrophic.

#250328 - 09/21/07 01:11 AM Re: $ 1 US = $ 1 Canada: First time in 31 years [Re: ]
Leah-Ann Offline
Can you say recession?
Not a good time to be in debt.
I can never remember which is better . . . safe? . . . or sorry?

#250337 - 09/21/07 02:43 AM Re: $ 1 US = $ 1 Canada: First time in 31 years [Re: Leah-Ann]
Ernie B Offline
Gun Control is Hitting Your Target.

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