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  • (24/08/2015 – 168kb, PDF)

    There’s a neat symmetry between monetary policy in the US and the UK. The US Fed, like the Bank of England, is being scrutinised for signs it’s about to start raising rates. But both institutions have domestic concerns – low inflation, as well as global ones – China’s slowdown. So both are holding off from rate hikes, for now at least.

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  • (17/08/2015 – 167kb, PDF)

    As if volatile stock markets and slower growth weren’t generating enough headlines, China devalued its currency last week. The move, coupled with the country’s manufacturing clout, creates the prospect of more downward pressure on global inflation. So central banks are watching. Is it a ‘yuan time’ move or are more on the way?

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  • (10/08/2015 – 74kb, PDF)

    After a seeming eternity without football, the Premier League has restarted. But kick-off looks to have been delayed at the Bank of England. Last week’s ‘Super Thursday’ of economic reports and data revealed that they are in no rush to raise interest rates. It looks to be a case of lower for longer.

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  • (04/08/2015 – 76kb, PDF)

    It’s ten quarters of growth and counting for the UK economy. Q2’s 0.7% expansion means we’re in the midst of our third longest growth spell since 1955. And there’s even a ray of hope on the economy’s productivity problem. US growth was also decent in Q2. But it may take a bit more than that for the Fed to raise rates.

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  • (27/07/2015 – 76kb, PDF)

    Seventy six months have passed since the Bank of England cut Bank Rate to 0.5%. Since then, some MPC members have occasionally voted for a rise but something has always been in the way for the majority. This time around ...

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