Bank of England raises interest rates to 0.75%

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney speaks during a media conference to present the central bank's quarterly Inflation Report in London Thursday

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney speaks during a media conference to present the central bank's quarterly Inflation Report in London Thursday

Governor Mark Carney and the other eight members of the bank's rate setting Monetary Policy Committee have been signalling that a hike is likely to come at some point in 2018 since their last hike in November a year ago, and Thursday looks like the day it will happen. Sixty percent of the economists polled believed that there may be a 25 basis points (bps) rate hike, while the remaining expected a status quo.

Saver or borrower? Interest rates have risen.

All savings products linked to the base rate will move in line with the increase from the end of August. The repo rate is the rate at which the RBI lends money to commercial banks.

"The Bank of England has hiked rates and the hawkish tone of the statement has taken markets slightly aback". India's central bank nudged up its main policy rate this week.

"Weather effects - both the snow-related disruption in February and March and the unseasonably warm weather and long sunshine hours in May and June - seemed to have accounted for around half of the second quarter rise", it added.

Where will rates go from here?

With a national election less than a year away, the economic cost of fighting politically-sensitive inflation may come by sacrificing a little bit of growth -- this is the prism in which some participants are beginning to see the second successive hike, spoiling their usually effervescent mood.

England camp reacts to Virat Kohli's mic drop celebration
He still struggled to read which way Anderson was swinging the ball and the pace bowler found the edge of his bat four times. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets for 60 runs in 25 overs while paceman Mohammed Shami had two for 64 in 19.

The pound extended losses on Thursday after the Bank of England raised interest rates from crisis era lows but was cautious about any further tightening with an uncertain Brexit on the horizon.

This quicker transmission in the deposit rate could be partly attributed to the reversal of the interest rate regime witnessed in recent months, said CARE. Decreased competition is also a key factor for the stickiness. Hence, they are unable to disburse new loans.

Suren Thiru, head of economics at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "The decision to raise interest rates looks ill-judged against a backdrop of a sluggish economy".

What will an increase mean for households? The mistake they made was cutting rates in response to the Brexit vote.

Canary Wharf is home to some of the UK's banks, which will be deciding what to do with the rates on the mortgage and savings products in the coming days. The reverse repo rate was also raised by 25 basis points, to 6.25 percent by the panel headed by RBI governor Urjit Patel.

Kunal Shah, CFA, Fund Manager-Debt, Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance: From the bond market perspective a neutral hike is a welcome development as it takes away uncertainties on terminal rate in near term.

The Bank of England has increased interest rates to their highest level for almost 10 years after the summer heatwave helped the economy bounce back from a snow-hit start to the year. "If an R* of 1.5% is confirmed by the BOE, then it would suggest another three rate hikes are likely in the next 3 years".

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.