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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

King Warns On Rate Rise

Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England and deputy chair of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), issued a warning whilst speaking yesterday at the European Parliament that a rise in long-term interest rates would have "severe" consequences.

King's rationale being that the level of indebtedness would be increased by any rise in rates.

Given that the comments come ahead of this week's MPC rate setting meeting, it is being interpreted as a signal that UK rates will remain at 0.5% for the time being.

Whilst the MPC may well see the dangers of an increase in rates, no such "real world" understanding is apparent in the actions and attitude of the ECB who fear only inflation and ignore recession. Sadly for the people of Europe, the ECB are determined to press forward with higher rates irrespective of the damage that these increases will do the the European economy and to the citizens of Europe.

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