February 27th 2007
UK may raise rates in March
Today saw the release of the ‘minutes’ from last month’s meeting of the UK Central Reserve Bank, revealing that members of the Bank’s monetary policy committee voted 7-2 to hold rates at their current levels. That there were two dissenting votes is confirmation to some economists that the Bank is planning to hike rates again in the near-term, perhaps as soon as March. British short-term interest rates, at 5.25% are already on par with American rates, and another rate hike would further lessen the appeal of risk-averse investment in America. Investors will be eying inflation data closely over the coming weeks, which could provide the impetus for a rate hike at the next meeting.
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