Bank of England

It’s time for Mark Carney to go

22 October 2016 13:10

Oh dear. Mark Carney is irritated. His proud independence has been challenged. The Prime Minister had the temerity to admit…

Have our thin-skinned times killed off satire for good?

20 October 2016 13:43

Is satire dying? Zoe Williams asks in the Guardian whether the shrinking of permissible speech is killing comedy. To make her point,…

Don’t listen to the doom-mongers: A rise in inflation isn’t some kind of crisis

18 October 2016 12:10

It takes quite a determined Cassandra to see the rise in Consumer Prices Index (CPI) from 0.6 per cent in…

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Sending shockwaves around the world’s currency markets with Mark Carney

5 October 2016 12:04

If only all my stories had as much impact. My interview with Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of…

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Mark Carney has a shot at redemption tomorrow. Will he take it?

14 September 2016 11:50

There are not many predictions that are safe to make in the financial markets. M&S’s results will always be disappointing…


From paper to the £5 polymer: the origins of the banknote

13 September 2016 12:05

Kublai Khan, said Marco Polo, had ‘a more extensive command of treasure than any other sovereign in the universe’. There…


‘Serene’ Mark Carney tries to take credit for Brexit bounceback

7 September 2016 17:16

How does Mark Carney feel about his ‘Project Fear’ warnings in the run-up to the referendum? His mild-mannered nemesis Jacob…


Will Theresa May end the era of easy money and call time on QE?

12 August 2016 11:51

When Theresa May was gearing up for a summer-long leadership campaign, she identified a worthy target: George Osborne’s addiction to…

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How the interest rate cut affects you

5 August 2016 11:41

Borrowers rejoice, savers despair. The decision by the Bank of England to cut interest rates to a record low of…


What about savers and pensions? Ten thoughts on today’s rate cut

4 August 2016 17:15

Today’s rate cut and announcement that there will be more QE means more pain for UK pensions – yet the Bank of England statement…

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The Bank of England has just taken a huge risk – on a Brexit boom

4 August 2016 16:00

Plunging output. The FTSE in freefall. A financial collapse. Unemployment rising rapidly and trade falling off a cliff. At first…


‘Stimulus now’: Bank of England cuts interest rate down to 0.25pc

4 August 2016 12:06

As expected, the Bank of England has cut base interest rates down to 0.25 per cent- the first movement since…

Money digest: Britain braced for ‘Super Thursday’ interest rate cut

1 August 2016 10:44

Britain’s financial status could be downgraded this week amid reports the Bank of England will cut interest rates on Thursday. The…


Bank of England holds the base rate at 0.5 per cent

14 July 2016 12:10

So, the Bank of England didn’t do it: against market expectations that there would be a cut, the base rate…

Mark Carney Begins Role As New Governor Of Bank Of England

Will Mark Carney Brexit by Christmas?

13 July 2016 12:49

Critics say the Bank of England put itself under suspicion by entering the referendum fray. Now Mark Carney says its…

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Mark Carney clashes with Jacob Rees-Mogg over BoE’s Brexit warnings

12 July 2016 13:12

Jacob Rees-Mogg and Mark Carney’s clash at this morning’s Treasury Committee was a masterclass in passive aggressiveness veiled in pleases…


Mark Carney should admit that the Bank of England fell for Project Fear

5 July 2016 12:53

A stable government, led by a good-looking modernising liberal. A free trade agreement that gives it unrestricted access to the…

Mark Carney uses interest rate decision to put the boot in over Brexit again

16 June 2016 12:36

The Bank of England’s decision to keep interest rates pegged at 0.5 per cent won’t surprise anyone. What is more…


Bank of England Brexit bust-up shows the referendum campaign is getting nastier

16 June 2016 9:21

With a week to go until the referendum, nerves are running high in both the ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ campaigns. This…

The IMF serves up more Project Fear – and it’s working

13 May 2016 13:18

Another day, another warning about the economic bombshell which would follow Brexit. This time it’s the turn of the IMF.…

Mark Carney isn’t butting out of the Brexit debate any time soon

12 May 2016 13:21

The Bank of England isn’t going to butt out of the Brexit debate any time soon it seems. Today’s interest…

Mark Carney wades into Brexit debate again

19 April 2016 16:58

Whatever might be said about the Governor of the Bank of England, it’s hard to fault his persistence. Mark Carney…

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The Bank of England should butt out of the Brexit debate

14 April 2016 12:54

Unelected. Technocratic. Exercising a great deal of power over people’s lives, without much in the way of accountability. Staffed by…

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Unemployment falls – but so does pay growth

20 January 2016 13:23

The unemployment rate fell to 5.1 per cent in the three months to November, putting it at the lowest level…


Mark Carney abandons even a hint of interest rate rise. Is Britain trapped in the zero era?

19 January 2016 15:20

It’s just as well that Mark Carney is Bank of England governor: he’d have made a lousy forecaster. In August 2013 he…