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Forest2Market: Volatility defined much of global marketplaces in lumber, timber, related industries as 2022 wrapped up; North American lumber market still struggling against inflationary pressure and high interest rates, and taking toll on housing market

Moody's: Smaller emerging markets no longer at risk of facing stronger sovereign debt crisis, but weaker currencies, unemployment, high interest rates still obstacles for growth; in 2023, Mexico set to grow 1.0%, Brazil to grow 0.8%, China to grow 4.3%

Bank of Canada increased its target for the overnight rate to 4.50%, with the Bank Rate at 4.75% and the deposit rate at 4.50%; the Bank is continuing its policy of quantitative tightening

RBC Capital: December US housing data viewed as neutral, with housing starts slightly above expectations and housing permits moderately below estimates; homebuilder confidence rose after 12 consecutive monthly declines, as interest rates cooled modestly

North American lumber prices could be muted through Q1, amid unsteady housing sentiment, ongoing concerns about recession and interest rates; another rate hike expected by US Federal Reserve on Feb. 1 will likely push lumber prices lower: Forest2Market

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