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UK interest rates remain on hold

UK interest rates remain on hold

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has today elected to keep UK interest rates on hold at the historically low level of 0.5%, as widely expected. Interest rates have now been at this low level since March 2009 – when the economy was in the midst of recession. Recent figures show the economy [...]

September 8, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK interest rates expected to remain on hold

UK interest rates expected to remain on hold

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) commenced its two-day rate-setting meeting yesterday and interest rates are expected to remain on hold at the record low of 0.5% – where they have been since March 2009. The bank is presented with a dilemma as it comes under pressure to raise interest rates to combat [...]

September 8, 2011 | 0 Comments More
All nine policymakers vote for rate freeze

All nine policymakers vote for rate freeze

Minutes of the Bank of England’s August 3-4 meeting have been released today and have revealed all nine members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to keep interest rates at the historic low of 0.5%. For several months, Martin Weale and Spencer Dale have been lone voices on the Committee by voting to hike [...]

August 17, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK interest rates to remain on hold today

UK interest rates to remain on hold today

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) commenced its two-day rate-setting meeting yesterday and interest rates are expected to remain on hold at the record low of 0.5% – where they have been since March 2009. The bank is presented with a dilemma as it comes under pressure to raise interest rates to combat [...]

August 4, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Bank minutes suggest low rates for some time to come

Bank minutes suggest low rates for some time to come

Minutes of the Bank of England’s July 6-7 meeting have been released today and have revealed the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) again voted 7-2 to lift interest rates and 8-1 to restart the Bank’s quantitative easing (QE) scheme. Adam Posen, again, called for an injection of £50 billion via the QE scheme to boost the [...]

July 20, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK interest rates remain on hold

UK interest rates remain on hold

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has today elected to keep UK interest rates on hold at the historically low level of 0.5%, as widely expected. Interest rates have now been at this low level since March 2009 – when the economy was in the midst of recession. Recent figures show the economy [...]

July 7, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK interest rates to remain on hold today

UK interest rates to remain on hold today

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) commenced its two-day rate-setting meeting yesterday and interest rates are expected to remain on hold at the record low of 0.5% - where they have been since March 2009. The bank is presented with a dilemma as it comes under pressure to raise interest rates to combat [...]

July 7, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Just two policy members vote for interest rate rise

Just two policy members vote for interest rate rise

Minutes of the Bank of England’s June 8-9 meeting have been released today and have revealed the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted 7-2 to lift interest rates and 8-1 to restart the Bank’s quantitative easing (QE) scheme. Adam Posen, again, called for an injection of £50 billion via the QE scheme to boost the economy. [...]

June 22, 2011 | 0 Comments More
BoE policymaker supports low interest rates

BoE policymaker supports low interest rates

One of the members of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), Paul Fisher, has argued that the central bank is right to keep interest rates low. His comments come despite leading business groups urging the bank to lift rates to combat soaring inflation, which is currently more than double its 2% target. Last [...]

June 21, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK interest rates remain on hold

UK interest rates remain on hold

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has today elected to keep UK interest rates on hold at the historically low level of 0.5%, as widely expected. Interest rates have now been at this low level since March 2009 – when the economy was in the midst of recession. Recent figures show the economy [...]

June 9, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Policymaker against lifting interest rates

Policymaker against lifting interest rates

Policymaker Paul Fisher has said the Bank of England is right not to have lifted interest rates from their current low of 0.5%, suggesting the economy is still too fragile. His comments in the Daily Mail come despite calls from business groups to raise interest rates to curb inflation – which is currently running at [...]

June 2, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Policymaker against lifting interest rates

Policymaker against lifting interest rates

Bank of England policymaker Adam Posen today said the central bank is right not to have raised interest rates, despite stubbornly high inflation. For several months, three of Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) members have voted for interest rates to be lifted after inflation reached a 2½- year high last month of 4.5% – more than [...]

May 27, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK inflation soars to 2½-year high in April

UK inflation soars to 2½-year high in April

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) today announced Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) surged to an annual rate of 4.5% in April – a level not seen since October 2008 and higher than forecasts of a rise to 4.2%. The surprise surge in inflation comes after the rate dropped to 4% in March and was attributed [...]

May 17, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Markets await UK first quarter GDP figures

Markets await UK first quarter GDP figures

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will today publish economic growth figures for the January to March period. The figures are much awaited by analysts after the economy suffered a shock contraction in the last three months of 2010 – attributed to bad weather at the end of the year. GDP is expected to expand [...]

April 27, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Three policy members again vote for interest rate rise

Three policy members again vote for interest rate rise

Minutes of the Bank of England’s April 6-7 meeting have been released today and have revealed the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) again voted 6-3 to lift interest rates and 8-1 to restart the Bank’s quantitative easing (QE) scheme. Adam Posen, again, called for an injection of £50 billion via the QE scheme to boost the [...]

April 20, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK inflation to hold steady at 4.4% in March

UK inflation to hold steady at 4.4% in March

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is scheduled to announce the UK inflation rate for March tomorrow morning, with analysts expecting the annual rate to hold steady at the 28-month high of 4.4%. With inflation more than double the 2% target, many continue to speculate whether interest rates will be lifted next month. Last week, [...]

April 11, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK interest rates remain on hold

UK interest rates remain on hold

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has today elected to keep UK interest rates on hold at the historically low level of 0.5%, as widely expected. Interest rates have now been at this low level since March 2009 – when the economy was in the midst of recession. Recent figures showed the economy [...]

April 7, 2011 | 0 Comments More
EEF urges Bank to keep interest rates on hold

EEF urges Bank to keep interest rates on hold

The Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF) is urging the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to keep interest rates on hold when it meets later this week. The manufacturers’ trade body believes the economy is too fragile and the MPC should delay interest rate hikes until later in the year when the recovery is secure. [...]

April 4, 2011 | 0 Comments More
MPC’s Posen expects inflation to fall to 1.5% by mid-2012

MPC’s Posen expects inflation to fall to 1.5% by mid-2012

Bank of England policymaker Adam Posen believes inflation will plunge to 1.5% by the middle of next year. His expectation is for a much sharper fall than his fellow policy members. The American economist is so certain of his prediction that he has threatened to step down from the Committee, when his three-year term ends [...]

March 29, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Andrew Sentance continues argument for higher interest rates

Andrew Sentance continues argument for higher interest rates

Dr Andrew Sentance, one of the external members of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), has once again argued the case for higher interest rates. Mr Sentance has, since last June, voted for the base rate to be lifted, in order to combat high inflation. He has previously warned that the central Bank [...]

March 28, 2011 | 0 Comments More