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    1. December 10, 2014

      Look, no gilts: why ECB should ape BoE

      How many gilts did the Bank of England buy during its quantitative easing programme? Trick question: the Bank of England did...

    2. November 21, 2014

      Bank of England to probe whether staff helped rig money auctions

      The Bank of England has opened a formal investigation into whether its officials knew of – and even facilitated – the...

    1. November 10, 2014

      Printing money to fund deficit is the fastest way to raise rates

      What is the right course for monetary policy? The International Monetary Fund seems to answer with forked tongue. Its latest...

    2. October 31, 2014

      Farewell to the Fed’s QE3, a monetary job well done

      The Federal Reserve this week quietly ended its third bout of quantitative easing, an experiment that contrived to attract...

    3. October 24, 2014

      The risk that QE will generate inequality

      It was inevitable that two of the greatest obsessions of the economics world – inequality and quantitative easing – were...

    4. October 21, 2014

      Debate rages on quantitative easing’s effect on inequality

      Since quantitative easing began in the US, Japan and UK, their central banks have created billions of dollars, yen and...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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