Bank of England

Bank of England Lifts Interest Rate as Expected

November 2, 2017

The Bank Rate was doubled to 0.50% because of a “steady erosion of slack” that “has reduced the degree to which it is appropriate for the MPC to accommodate an extended period of inflation above the target.” At 0.50%, the rate is back to the level prevailing from March 2009 until being halved in August […] More

Markets Assuming Powell Getting Named Fed Chair

November 2, 2017

President Trump will formally announce his choice of Federal Reserve chairperson today at 15:00 EDT. The worst kept secret is that Jerome Powell will likely get the nod. Although a lawyer by training, his career has been immersed in financial markets. Other top news: Euroland’s October purchasing managers index rose 0.4 points to an 80-month […] More

Bank of England Escalates Hint that Gradual Tightening is Coming Maybe Soon

September 14, 2017

 A majority of MPC members judge that, if the economy continues to follow a path consistent with the prospect of a continued erosion of slack and a gradual rise in underlying inflationary pressure then, with the further lessening in the trade-off that this would imply, some withdrawal of monetary stimulus is likely to be appropriate […] More

Some Fresh Developments

September 14, 2017

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee did not change interest rates or asset purchase parameters but signaled a growing probability of a rate increase within a couple of months. In response, sterling rose 0.8% against the dollar, the 10-year British gilt yield climbed three basis points to 1.17%, and the Ftse stock index declined […] More

Bank of England Leaves Policy Settings as Is But Paints a Difficult Future

August 3, 2017

The Bank of England held a meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee and released a quarterly Inflation Outlook. Officials… Kept the Bank Rate at 0.25%, its level since a 25-basis point cut a half year ago. Didn’t change the GBP 435 billion ceiling on gilt purchases. Such was raised by GBP 60 billion last February. […] More

Stocks Up in Europe after Drop in Asia… Dollar and Sterling Off, Too

August 3, 2017

The dollar fell 0.5% against the yen, 0.2% relative to the euro and Swiss franc and 0.1% versus the kiwi and yuan. Sterling’s even more weak, dropping 0.6% against the dollar as Bank of England Governor Carney returned to a theme that Brexit will hit the economy for a long time to come. Share prices […] More

Bank of England

May 11, 2017

The Monetary Policy Committee kept its Bank Rate at 0.25% and did not modify the limits of its quantitative stimulus. As she had done at the prior meeting in March, Kristin Forbes cast a sole dissenting vote in favor of hiking the interest rate to 0.50%, which resulted in a 7-1 verdict. A statement of […] More

Softer Pound

May 11, 2017

Sterling fell 0.4% against the dollar overnight. The ten-year British gilt yield has firmed two basis points, and the Ftse is little changed. The Bank of England left policy unchanged but suggesting greater monetary policy tightening during the forecast period than is implied in market interest rates. Several British economic statistics were reported. Similar to […] More

Bank of England

March 16, 2017

The Monetary Policy Council agreed again to leave its Bank Rate at 0.25%, but the vote drew a dissent for only the second time in the past dozen meetings. The dissent by Kristin Forbes, who favored a 25-basis point rate increase to 0.50%, was the first one she has cast since joining the MPC. Policymakers […] More

Bank of England Keeps Existing Stance

February 2, 2017

At the second post-Brexit referendum meeting of the 9-person Monetary Policy Committee, officials halved the Bank Rate to 0.25%, expanded the asset purchase program by 60 billion pounds to a ceiling of GBP 435 billion, and introduced a plan to purchases up to GBP 10 billion of corporate bonds. Four subsequent meetings and two published […] More

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