Commenting on the BoE raising rates more slowly than the Fed and ECB, Rupert Thompson, Investment Strategist at Kingswood, said:
“The Bank of England decision to raise interest rates by 0.5% took rates up to 2.25%, their highest level in 14 years.
However, while the Bank said it would continue to respond forcefully as necessary to inflation, it did not follow the lead of both the Fed and the ECB which both raised rates by as much as 0.75% in their latest move.
The Bank’s decision to increase rates more slowly than its counterparts can only increase the downward pressure on sterling, particularly given the government’s large fiscal boost which is likely to reinforce underlying inflation pressures.”
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