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MSE News: Base rate held at 0.5%

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Former_MSE_Natasha
Former_MSE_Natasha Posts: 672 Forumite
This is the discussion thread for the following MSE News Story:

"Many commentators expect the official borrowing measure to remain low for a number of months further ..."

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Base rate held at 0.5%

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These threads have been merged to avoid duplication. Thanks to inspector monkfish for the original post.
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  • inspector_monkfish
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    12:00 07Jan10 BANK OF ENGLAND SAYS MPC KEEPS QUANTITATIVE EASING PROGRAMME UNCHANGED AT 200 BLN STG

    12:00 07Jan10 BANK OF ENGLAND HOLDS KEY UK INTEREST RATE AT 0.5 PCT

    12:00 07Jan10 BoE leaves UK rates unchanged, keeps QE at 200 bln stg

    LONDON, Dec 10 - The Bank of England kept the scale of its asset purchase programme unchanged at 200 billion pounds ($319 billion) and left UK interest rates at 0.5 percent in a widely expected move on Thursday.

    Policymakers had indicated they were likely to stay on hold until at least February when they will get new growth and inflation forecasts and the scheduled asset purchases run out.

    The BoE launched its quantitative easing process -- which uses newly created money to buy financial assets, mostly gilts -- in an unprecedented attempt last March to boost an economy ravaged by a global credit crunch.

    The economy is now showing signs of revival. House prices are rising and forward-looking surveys point to a recovery in activity, suggesting Britain pulled out of recession during the last three months of 2009.

    Most analysts expect no further expansion of the QE programme -- which was expanded by 25 billion pounds in November -- meaning the scheme will end next month. But it is likely to be some while before policymakers feel confident enough about growth to start raising interest rates.
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  • nearlynew
    nearlynew Posts: 3,800 Forumite
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    The lying and thieving continues
    "The problem with quotes on the internet is that you never know whether they are genuine or not" -
    Albert Einstein
  • Really2
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    nearlynew wrote: »
    The lying and thieving continues

    And sound bites.
  • nollag2006
    nollag2006 Posts: 2,638 Forumite
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    "The economy is now showing signs of revival. House prices are rising and forward-looking surveys point to a recovery in activity, suggesting Britain pulled out of recession during the last three months of 2009. "

    Truly magnificent news !!
  • Dan:_4
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    nearlynew wrote: »
    The lying and thieving continues

    If it enables me to settle my mortgage sooner then planned, long may it continue.
  • Peelerfart
    Peelerfart Posts: 2,177 Forumite
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    Dan: wrote: »
    If it enables me to settle my mortgage sooner then planned, long may it continue.

    My own thoughts exactly .
    Space available for rent
  • inspector_monkfish
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    12:34 07Jan10 UPDATE 1-BoE leaves UK policy steady, focus shifts to Feb
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    LONDON, Jan 7 - The Bank of England committed to one more month of asset purchases under its 200 billion pound ($318 billion) quantitative easing policy on Thursday, as widely expected, and kept interest rates at a record-low 0.5 percent.

    The central bank had previously indicated that the big decision on the future of its asset-buying programme would take place next month.

    It will then have updated growth and inflation forecasts, as well as fourth-quarter GDP data which is expected to have confirmed that Britain's economy is out of recession.

    Sterling and British government bond prices were little changed after the decision, which had been unanimously expected by economists polled by Reuters.

    "We believe the BoE has done enough to ensure positive growth again but it will take time for GDP to rise back to its trend level," said George Buckley, economist at Deutsche Bank.

    "As such we believe the MPC will be cautious in tightening policy particularly given that households will be acutely sensitive to higher rates on account of high debt-to-income ratios," he said.

    As expected, the BoE made no statement about the economy in its policy announcement, simply stating like in December that it would review the scale of quantitative easing once existing funds had been spent.

    The BoE launched its quantitative easing process -- which uses newly created money to buy financial assets, mostly gilts -- in an unprecedented attempt last March to boost an economy ravaged by a global credit crunch.

    Most analysts expect no further expansion of the QE programme -- which was expanded by 25 billion pounds in November -- meaning the scheme will end next month.

    The economy is now showing signs of revival. House prices are rising and forward-looking surveys point to a recovery.

    But it is likely to be some while before policymakers feel confident enough about growth to start raising interest rates.

    "With sustainable, significant recovery very far from guaranteed, any policy tightening still looks a long way off," said Howard Archer, economist at IHS Global Insight.

    "We expect interest rates to stay down at 0.50 percent until at least late-2010. Indeed, the Bank of England could very well delay raising interest rates until 2011."
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  • abaxas
    abaxas Posts: 4,141 Forumite
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    Really2 wrote: »
    And sound bites.

    You complain about sound bites by replying with a sound bite.

    Only on MSE.
  • Inactive
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    " Base rates frozen at 0.5% "

    A bit OTT, they have been held there for another month.

    The headline looks like a Daily Mail headline.. :rolleyes:
  • nembot
    nembot Posts: 1,234 Forumite
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    nollag2006 wrote: »
    "The economy is now showing signs of revival. House prices are rising and forward-looking surveys point to a recovery in activity, suggesting Britain pulled out of recession during the last three months of 2009. "

    Truly magnificent news !!

    I want some of the drugs your on, no really I do :D
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