Commenting on the Bank of England’s decision to hold interest rates at 0.75%, Melanie Baker, senior economist at Royal London Asset Management, said:
“UK companies still face a significant amount of Brexit-related uncertainty which may weigh on confidence after the ‘Boris bounce’ and mean that the next policy change from the Bank of England is a cut, not a rate rise.
“Conditions for a near-term rate cut are updated; a rate cut may be needed if better survey indicators are not followed through by better activity data.
“Weak inflation seems to have increased as a concern, although their short term forecast indicates that they do not expect this to persist.
“They moved some way from indicating multiple rate rises in the future, by dropping language referring to ‘limited and gradual’, to simply referring to “some modest tightening of policy” perhaps being needed (if the economy evolves broadly as expected)”.
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Established in 1988, Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) is one of the UK's leading fund management companies, providing investment management solutions to both wholesale and institutional clients such as not-for-profit organisations, local authorities and the insurance sector.
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