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  1. August 22, 2014

    The bond paradox and how it will end

    The world has never been in as much debt as it is now. If that sounds worrying, consider this: with interest rates in the...

  2. August 7, 2014

    Bank of England keeps rates and QE programme on hold

    The Bank of England has left interest rates at their historic low of 0.5 per cent and will maintain its stock of gilts for a...

  1. July 10, 2014

    Bank of England holds rates and QE

    The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee kept interest rates and monetary policy on hold, judging that slack in the...

  2. June 27, 2014

    The BoE’s biggest test is yet to come

    When the US housing and credit bubble burst in 2008, there were some hard lessons, but they were clear. Asset bubbles are...

  3. June 20, 2014

    Virgin bucks trend by boosting savings rates

    Virgin Money has launched a new range of savings products and increased rates on individual savings accounts (Isas), bucking...

  4. June 13, 2014

    Carney’s journey from dove to hawk

    Barely a year ago, the prospect of the Bank of England raising interest rates seemed remote. The strength of the UK recovery...

  5. June 5, 2014

    Bank of England holds rates and QE

    The Bank of England has held interest rates at record lows as it waits for the economic recovery to become more entrenched...

  6. May 21, 2014

    Low rates for a long time is a perilous promise

    The good thing about central bankers promising low rates for a long time is it should encourage businesses to take risks and...

  7. May 8, 2014

    Bank of England votes to keep rates and QE on hold

    The Bank of England has voted to keep interest rates at 0.5 per cent and its bond-buying programme unchanged. In its first...

  8. April 23, 2014

    Why market calm is making BoE uneasy

    It is not quite a twitch of the governor’s eyebrows, but when the Bank of England says it is surprised that markets are so...

  9. April 16, 2014

    Misery index drops but don’t throw caution to the wind

    Major news in British politics: Britons’ earnings after inflation did not fall in the three months to February. Real...

  10. April 10, 2014

    Bank of England maintains course on rates and QE

    The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee voted to keep monetary policy steady on Thursday, with the base rate at its...

  11. Andrew Smithers

    March 25, 2014

    When should UK interest rates rise?

    “When will the Bank of England raise interest rates?” is the usual question. “When should it?” is the important one. The...

  12. March 20, 2014

    Former Credit Suisse bonds trader fined and banned in UK

    A senior bond trader formerly at Credit Suisse has been banned by the UK financial watchdog and fined £663,000 in a landmark...

  13. March 5, 2014

    Criticism of BoE monetary policy appears unfounded

    Monetary policy has created winners and losers since the Bank of England first set an interest rate in 1694 but rarely has...

  14. March 5, 2014

    Merits of Bank of England’s QE still spark debate five years on

    The most extraordinary experiment in the Bank of England’s 300-year history marked its fifth birthday on Wednesday, with...

  15. March 5, 2014

    The BoE’s big test is yet to come

    Before the Great Recession, monetary policy in the UK was hardly creative. The Bank of England was in charge of a single...

  16. March 5, 2014

    Five years at 0.5 per cent

    Five years ago today, the Bank of England cut its base rate to 0.5 per cent and embarked on the first phase of quantitative...

  17. February 20, 2014

    Osborne tells emerging nations to fix their own faults

    Emerging market countries should not blame western monetary policy for their problems but focus instead on fixing their...

  18. February 12, 2014

    Q&A: Forward guidance is dead – long live fuzzy guidance

    Forward guidance was Mark Carney’s big idea when he became governor of the Bank of England last July. The Bank’s Monetary...

  19. January 16, 2014

    The Bank of England must go slow on tightening

    Should the Bank of England soon start tightening monetary policy? My answer is no. As important, rates might remain...

  20. January 10, 2014

    Why Britain lucked out with Carney

    For more than a year, I’ve been saying that quantitative easing doesn’t work. Most people think I’m mad. Few publicly agree...

  21. December 11, 2013

    MPC member casts doubt on Bank of England’s forward guidance

    The Bank of England’s policy of forward guidance has not been effective in stimulating the pace of recovery, one of its...

  22. November 29, 2013

    We don’t need any more incentives to save

    True, the splash was about an attractive female television presenter who appeared to be wearing an Iron Cross war medal as...

  23. November 8, 2013

    How to spot a bubble about to burst

    How do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly escalated asset values? That, as my colleague Jonathan Eley is keen to...

  24. October 24, 2013

    Carney tears up the rule book on bank help

    Mark Carney, the new governor of the Bank of England, on Thursday announced a sweeping overhaul of the way the central bank...

  25. October 23, 2013

    Bank of England unanimous on holding rates and QE

    The Bank of England voted unanimously against enlarging its stimulus programme in October, acknowledging that the labour...

  26. October 10, 2013

    Bank of England holds rates and QE

    The Bank of England has kept monetary policy on hold for the 15th month in a row. The Monetary Policy Committee, which voted...

  27. September 5, 2013

    Bank of England holds steady on rates and QE

    The Bank of England has kept monetary policy on hold for the 14th month in a row. The Monetary Policy Committee, which voted...

  28. August 18, 2013

    Tapering plan drives investors into riskier debt

    The Federal Reserve’s plan to end quantitative easing, in part to prevent financial bubbles, is in fact driving investors...

  29. August 7, 2013

    Mark Carney’s subtle clarity suggests fresh QE is over

    Once Mark Carney at last started guiding our expectations for where he will take the Bank of England’s monetary policy, he...

  30. July 19, 2013

    UK annuity rates continue to rise

    People approaching retirement are continuing to benefit from rising annuity rates – albeit from a very low base – and more...

  31. July 17, 2013

    London’s FTSE climbs as miners rally

    Fresnillo led London’s mining sector higher on Wednesday after the Mexican silver miner said it was on track to meet its...

  32. July 4, 2013

    How Mark Carney can succeed in his mission at the Bank of England

    Mark Carney has been welcomed to London as if he were the messiah. George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, refers...

  33. July 1, 2013

    Please be sure to share your thoughts, Mr Carney

    As Mark Carney, the new governor of the Bank of England, sits down for the first time with his colleagues and staff, he will...

  34. July 1, 2013

    Euro gains on stronger manufacturing data

    The euro rose against other major currencies amid signs of an improvement in the peripheral eurozone economies of Spain and...

  35. June 14, 2013

    Less of a great rotation than a capitulation for UK investors

    Talk of a “great rotation” out of bonds into equities is premature, according to wealth managers, but a greater appetite for...

  36. May 23, 2013

    Talking Point: the Carney effect on UK QE

    The minutes of the last meeting of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee showed that a 6-3 majority voted to keep...

  37. May 16, 2013

    Bank of England questions IMF report on losses from easing policy

    The Bank of England has queried International Monetary Fund calculations used in a report estimating the central bank’s...

  38. April 26, 2013

    The vastly overrated impact of QE

    The latest false fear stalking global markets is that the Fed is thinking about removing the proverbial punch bowl. Once the...

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