John Aglionby

Despite inflation remaining extremely low across the eurozone and signs that the recovery is weaking in the single currency bloc, the European Central Bank kept its interest rates unchanged at its monthly meeting. Analysts are now looking for Mario Draghi’s assessment of the extraordinary measures introduced in June and details of any further measures..

By John Aglionby and Sarah O’Connor

 

John Aglionby

Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, presented the Financial Policy Committee’s report on how it intends to keep the UK economy on an even keel. Most of the press conference was on what it intends to do about the booming housing market and which of its macro prudential tools it intends to use to cool it.

By John Aglionby and Claer Barrett

 

John Aglionby

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will come under pressure when presenting the bank’s quarterly inflation report on Wednesday to explain how the central bank proposes to cool the housing market without derailing the wider economic recovery.

By John Aglionby and Sarah O’Connor

 

John Aglionby

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney faces a grilling from MPs on three separate subjects this morning. The Treasury Select Committee will ask him about the BoE’s latest inflation report and its revision to forward guidance, Scottish independence, and the allegations of manipulation of the forex market.

By Sarah O’Connor and John Aglionby

 

John Aglionby

With the UK unemployment rate falling faster than expected towards his 7.0 per cent threshold as the economic recovery picks up steam, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney is under pressure from the markets to update his forward guidance on interest rates when he presents his quarterly inflation review.

The Monetary Policy Committee will also reveal its quarterly forecasts for growth and inflation

By Sarah O’Connor and John Aglionby

 

John Aglionby

Rouble or ruble? From now on currency pedants won’t have to worry so much about how to spell the Russian currency because it has been given a symbol.

Some two decades after first touting the idea, the Russian central bank has announced its rival to the £, $, € and ¥. And the winner, after a public vote, is: Read more

John Aglionby

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, is appearing before the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee for the first time since he introduced his forward guidance, which states that interest rates will stay at their current low level at least until unemployment falls to 7 per cent. The BoE said in August it does not expect this to happen until mid-2016 but the markets are increasingly pricing in an interest rate rise at the end of 2014 or early 2015.

By Claire Jones and John Aglionby

 

John Aglionby

The Bank of England has promised to keep interest rates at record lows until the unemployment rate falls to 7 per cent, a radical change of monetary policy in the world’s sixth largest economy.

Mark Carney, the BoE’s new governor, unveiled the policy on Wednesday, alongside forecasts that show the central bank does not expect the unemployment rate to reach that level until at least mid-2016.

The policy, which is similar to the one adopted by the US Federal Reserve, is aimed at reassuring markets and the public that monetary policy will not tighten any time soon.

But the Bank of England said it would reconsider if inflation was set to be 2.5 per cent or higher in the medium-term, if inflation expectations were becoming out of control, or if the policy was threatening financial stability

“The message is that the MPC is going to maintain the exceptional monetary stimulus until unemployment reaches 7 per cent and then we will reconsider,” Mr Carney told his first press conference since he took on the top job last month. “We will do this while maintaining price and financial stability.”

There was a muted response from investors. The FTSE 100 fell 0.8 per cent, yields on 10-year government bonds climbed 3 basis points and sterling rose 0.5 per cent against the dollar.

Mr Carney said the economy was recovering, but remained far too weak. “This remains the slowest recovery in output on record,” he said. “We’re not at escape velocity right now.”
He stressed the 7 per cent unemployment rate was not a target, but a “way-station” on the path to full recovery.

By Sarah O’Connor, John Aglionby and Catherine Contiguglia. All times are London time