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RBC first to cut Canada prime rate to 3.45%

March 4 (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Canada cut the prime rate for Canadian borrowers to 3.45% from 3.95% on Wednesday, the first reduction since July 2015, kicking off a raft of expected cuts in response to the Bank of Canada's 50-basis-point interest rate cut.

Canada's other banks are expected to follow suit. The lenders in 2018 incorporated into their prime rates the full extent of the central bank's three interest rate increases. (Reporting By Nichola Saminather; Additional reporting by Bharath Manjesh; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)