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Monday, October 25, 2010

Push for Growth

As David Cameron at the CBI promises that the government will push for growth and implement a national infrastructure plan (whatever that really means), these promises need to be set against the backdrop of a subdued mortgage/loan market.

The British Bankers' Association (BBA) reports that the downward trend in mortgage approvals continued in September, along with a low demand for personal loans.

The BBA attribute this to personal economic uncertainties.

Fair comment, however, they should also look to their own members' tightening of credit lines (and extortionate interest rates when compared to the Bank of England rate) as another reason for the fall in lending.

Whatever "push for growth" the government may promise/aspire to, the strength of the British economy is based on debt/property; until these areas are stimulated, eg via greater bank lending, significant growth will not occur during the course of this parliament.

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