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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. April 18, 2013

    UK and IMF face dust-up on austerity

    George Osborne is to go toe-to-toe with the International Monetary Fund next month in a battle over the credibility of his...

  30. April 4, 2013

    Bank chiefs reluctant to follow Japan

    When a conservative central bank describes its policy shift as “massive”, there can be little doubt about the revolution in...

  31. April 4, 2013

    BoE policy makers hold rates and QE

    The Bank of England has decided not to restart its bond-buying programme this month amid mixed signals on the health of the...

  32. March 27, 2013

    Watchdog talks tough on bank capital

    The pronouncement by the Financial Policy Committee on Wednesday that UK banks need to fill a £25bn capital shortfall by the...

  33. March 20, 2013

    MPC split 6-3 over more stimulus

    The governor of the Bank of England called for more monetary stimulus for the second successive month in March, the minutes...

  34. March 15, 2013

    Osborne and Cameron must cut further

    When a plan goes wrong, the temptation is to ignore the problem. Confronting the truth is painful. Admitting to mistakes is...

  35. March 7, 2013

    Bank of England decides against further QE

    The Bank of England has decided against additional government bond buying, disappointing hopes that the Monetary Policy...

  36. February 27, 2013

    Sell currencies of serial QE offenders

    Big Macs are out, horsemeat is in not in burgers perhaps, but at least in the latest headlines. What is rather evident,...

  37. February 26, 2013

    Tucker hints at radical growth moves

    Bank of England officials fuelled speculation that they might redouble efforts to boost economic growth on Tuesday, when the...

  38. February 26, 2013

    King defends looser monetary policy

    Central banks should conduct monetary policy for domestic reasons and if they follow this rule then global economic growth...

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