A BIG WEEK AHEAD FOR MARKETS

February 13, 2016

While the Fed and the Bank of England may be satisfied with the impact of their recent decisions, (not so the ECB), the coming week will undoubtedly create a few more scary rides on the roller-coaster. Chinese markets re-open on Monday … Continue reading

MPC UNITED AGAIN

February 13, 2016

It was no surprise to the markets that the MPC kept Bank Rate on hold at 0.5% in February but what was interesting is that the vote was a unanimous 9-0 in favour of no change. The much-welcomed rate rise … Continue reading

SIX YEARS ON AND STILL BANK RATE REMAINS AT 0.5%

March 5, 2015

The MPC today voted to maintain the Bank Rate at 0.5% on the 6th anniversary of the introduction of QE, which itself remains at £375 billion. No surprise here as inflation remains soft (though oil prices have ticked back up … Continue reading

HEADLINE INFLATION FALLS TO A RECORD LOW

February 17, 2015

CPI inflation for January was 0.3%, which is the lowest inflation figure ever recorded. This follows on from December’s number of 0.5% and points towards a negative print in the coming months, just as the Bank of England suggested might … Continue reading

BANK OF ENGLAND FEBRUARY INFLATION REPORT

February 13, 2015

The Bank of England’s latest inflation report suggests that while inflation is likely to turn negative in the months to come, the Bank’s central plan for normalisation is unaltered. The pace of wage inflation and the increased spending for consumers … Continue reading

BANK RATE AND QE UNCHANGED AS MARKETS AWAIT FEBRUARY INFLATION REPORT

February 5, 2015

As expected, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted today to maintain policy, with the Bank Rate at 0.5% and QE at £375 billion. All eyes are on the Bank of England’s Inflation Report which is due to be released on … Continue reading

ECB HOLDS RATES BUT INTRODUCES A PROGRAMME OF QUANTITATIVE EASING

January 23, 2015

It feels like there has been more market volatility in January 2015 than in the previous 5 years. Given the ECB’s stance of late, trying to stimulate a weak Eurozone economy with low interest rates, the prospect of introducing Quantitative … Continue reading

UK INFLATION FALLS TO A RECORD LOW

January 13, 2015

UK inflation for December 2014 as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell to 0.5%, which is the joint lowest on record and was last recorded in May 2000. Energy prices had a big part to play – the … Continue reading

MPC MAINTAINS POLICY STANCE IN FIRST MEETING OF 2015

January 8, 2015

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of England voted today to maintain the Bank Rate at 0.5% and the Asset Purchase Target (QE) at £375 billion. This comes as no surprise. In October of last year, implied 3 … Continue reading

MPC MINUTES REVEAL GENERAL ACCORD WITH ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

December 17, 2014

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) appear satisfied that the current level of economic growth is sustainable and indeed, the recent falls in oil prices can only add further stimulus. The fall in inflation to 1%, its lowest … Continue reading

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    Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) today left Bank Rate and QE unchanged, as widely if not universally expected. What was unexpected was the latest “forward guidance” that the next rate increase is likely to happen sooner than later … Continue reading

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