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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Interest Rates Under Review

The MPC has placed its interest rate of 0.5% "under review", as per the Minutes of the Monetary Policy Committee Meeting held on 6 & 7 June 2012.

The reason for the "under review" status being the ongoing deterioration of the economic situation in Europe, and "weaker economic data from the United States and emerging economies".
"Overall, the Committee judged that, at the present time, a further reduction in Bank Rate would not have any advantages over an expansion of the asset purchase programme, though it would keep the position under review."
This means that it is highly likely that rates will be reduced in the very near future.

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