Following the release of minutes from the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) and the Government’s Spending Review, the Pound has remained relatively stable near its current levels in the region of 1.13 against the Euro and 1.57 against the US Dollar.
The Bank of England Minutes confirmed that there was a three way split in the nine member MPC October meeting. Seven members voted to keep interest rates and quantitative easing (QE) on hold, whilst one member voted for a 0.25% interest rate hike, whereas Mr Posen voted for a £50 billion extension of QE.
The minutes indicated that whilst the clear majority of MPC members did not see the case for further QE at present, they did indicate that the chance of further QE in the future had increased. Going forward the prospect of further QE and low interest rates will continue to weigh on Sterling’s value.
During the UK Spending Review, Chancellor George Osbourne unveiled the largest UK spending cuts since World War II. Departmental budget cuts averaged 19%, which was less severe than the 25% cuts expected, largely thanks to an additional £7 billion found in savings to the welfare budget. The Spending Review aims to cut £81 billion from public spending over four years.
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