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BoE: November hike looking likely, but don’t expect much after that – ING

BoE: November hike looking likely, but don’t expect much after that – ING

The Bank of England’s increasingly hawkish tone means that a rate hike increasingly looks like a question of “when” and “how much”, rather than “if”, according to James Smith, Developed Markets Economist at ING.

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“The choice of the phrase “next few months” to describe rate hike timing puts November firmly on the table. However, Brexit, borrowing and a lack of domestically-generated inflation mean we’re not expecting a rate-hike run.”

“It seems the Bank is very keen to get out of “emergency mode” as the initial shock of Brexit subsides. It also seems that the committee is taking a leaf out of the Bank of Canada’s book, by taking a more forward-looking approach to policymaking given the lags involved with tightening policy. But there’s also likely a desire to avoid being left in the dust by the global race to tighten policy, as a result amplifying the pound’s weakness.”

“But whilst we’re now pencilling in a November hike, we think the chances of a series of hikes thereafter are low.”

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