Daily Archives: November 26, 2012

Claire Jones

Mark Carney appointed as Sir Mervyn King's successor. Image by Getty

1. Mr Carney could introduce a commitment to keep rates on hold for an extended period of time.

Fed chairman Ben Bernanke was not the first to come up with the idea of making a commitment to keeping rates at ultra-low levels for a number of years, so long as inflation remained low. Mr Bernanke’s big idea was copied from Mr Carney’s Bank of Canada, which introduced a conditional commitment in April 2009 – two years before the Fed – with the aim of lowering longer-term interest rates.

2. Expect radical changes to the way in which the Bank operates.

Bringing in a foreigner to head your central bank is very rare – it signals that the government of the day believes there’s something deeply wrong. That Mr Carney has got the job signals the government is intent on root-and-branch reform of the Bank.