The UK economy is on flat growth for a couple of years, while government forecasts of greater activity vanish, and the Bank of England could still rise interest rates further. In effect the BoE has warned rates will remain high for some time or even rise higher. Rate currently stands at 5,25%, the highest in fifteen years.
The United Kingdom interest rates were left unchanged after the Bank of England said price rises were slowing faster than expected. Interest rates were held at 5.25%, already their highest for 15 years, and comes after figures on Wednesday revealed an unexpected slowdown in inflation in August.
Growth in the global economy is expected to remain sub-par next year, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which cut its forecast for 2024 from 2.9% to 2.7% on Tuesday.
Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey has said interest rates are close to their peak, but that they may still have further to rise. He told MPs on Wednesday we are much nearer now to the top of the cycle of rate rises.
The Bank of England raised on Thursday its main interest rate to 5.25%, the highest in 15 years, as the country strives to control persistently high inflation. The quarter percentage point hike was the bank's 14th in a row.
The Bank of England, contrary to market expectations of a 25 basis points hike, on Thursday surprised with a 50 basis point hike to interest rates, its 13th consecutive increase as policymakers grapple with persistently high inflation.
Following a surprise rise in UK consumer prices, the Bank of England is expected to increase interest rates for an 11th consecutive. Analysts think an increase in the Bank rate from 4% to 4.25% is the most likely outcome of the Monetary Policy Committee Thursday meeting later.
Leading central banks of the West announced on Sunday a coordinated action to provide liquidity to the financial system through the US swap liquidity line arrangements. The statement was signed by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen and Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome H. Powell and becomes effective Monday 20 March.
The Federal Reserve Board on Monday announced that Vice Chair for Supervision Michael S. Barr is leading a review of the supervision and regulation of Silicon Valley Bank, in light of its failure. The review will be publicly released by May 1.
Jonathan Haskel, an external member of the Bank of England monetary policy committee, said a wave of investment stopped in its tracks in 2016 following the Brexit vote.