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The Economic Issues Raised by Possible Scottish Independence

July 18, 2011

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On 5th May 2011, the first time since devolution in July 1999, the Scottish National Party won a majority of seats in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.  One of the key manifesto promises of the party is to hold a referendum on Scottish independence before 2016.  While political commentators have begun discussing the potential political […]

In Support the Bank of England on Monetary Policy

March 28, 2011

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While reading the Office for Budget Responsibility‘s United Kingdom Economic and Fiscal Outlook – March 2011 over the weekend (yes, I had that much fun), I noticed the chart below: It shows the difference between the current rate of UK inflation (CPI) and an estimate of inflation had sales taxes (VAT and excise duty on […]

When Will the Bank of England Raise Interest Rates?

February 16, 2011

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Where do you think the BoE will go with interest rates in Q2 2011? Is there really enough spending in the system to warrant raising them? This question was asked by anonymous reader via Formspring. The table above is taken from the Bank of England’s latest Inflation report and shows the latest market expectations for […]

The Systematic Debasement of Sterling by the UK Government

December 15, 2010

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Conventional wisdom suggests that the spectre of inflation has been defeated by the economic policy innovations of independent central banks and inflation targeting mechanisms. Indeed, despite prices of many types of goods and services currently rising – and expected to continue rising – as discussed in a recent post, many still believe that deflation is […]

The Emerging Split on the Bank of England’s MPC

September 29, 2010

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The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (“MPC”) has maintained interest rates at current 0.5% level since March 2009 and its Asset Purchase Programme (a.k.a. quantitative easing) at £200bn since November 2009, the consensus amongst the committee members is now beginning to break down, creating uncertainty regarding the future direction of monetary policy.  One member […]

The Partial Success and Unintended Consequences of Quantitative Easing

September 21, 2010

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When the Bank of England formally launched its quantitative easing program in March 2009, the minutes from the meeting stated that this policy mechanism would work by: stimulating the demand for corporate credit instruments [and] improve the supply of funds to the corporate sector. The purchases would also mean that the banking system would be […]

Record UK Bank Write-offs of Personal Debt

September 1, 2010

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The Times, Bloomberg and the Daily Mail have all reported this morning on news released yesterday by the Bank of England showing that, in the words of the Daily Mail: “Between April and June banks and building societies were forced to ‘write off ‘ £3.5bn, around £40m every day, the largest amount since records began.” […]