Sterling has appreciated modestly this morning following the release of February’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) minutes by the Bank of England showing that interest rates were kept on hold by a 6-3 vote.
Bank of England chief economist Spencer Dale joined Andrew Sentance and Martin Weale in backing a rise in interest rates. Dale and Weale both voted for a 0.25% rate hike whilst Sentance strengthened his call for an interest rate hike from the Bank by voting for a 0.50% rate hike.
The remaining six MPC members voted to keep rates on hold. All members of the MPC with the exception of Adam Posen voted to keep the Bank’s Quantitative Easing (QE) programme on hold, whilst Posen voted for a further expansion in QE of £50 billion.
Whilst the Bank of England is clearly divided, the case for increasing interest rates is strengthening. The expectation of future rate hikes should help underpin Sterling’s value.
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