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November 2, 2017

Wealth management reaction to BoE interest rates rise

By Joe Pickard

Commenting on the Bank of England’s (BoE) decision to raise interest rates, Shilen Shah, bond strategist at Investec Wealth & Investment, said: “As expected, the BoE increased interest rates by 25bps. The committee vote for the rate increase by a 7-2 majority.

“The key driver for the increase in interest rates was the central bank’s more downbeat view on the economy’s growth potential, with the inflation forecast broadly unchanged from August.

“With the slack in the economy now significantly reduced and sluggish business investment limiting the economy’s output potential, even a moderate rate of growth has the potential to generate core inflation in the medium and the long term.”

Shah added: “As previously communicated, the BoE expects further interest rate increases to occur at a gradual pace and to a limited extent.

“Meanwhile overnight, the Federal Reserve System confirmed that its gradual policy continues to be its key focus.

Given the recent uptick in the US economy and the low US unemployment rate, the market is completely pricing-in a December rate hike. Uncertainty, however remains over the path of US interest rates in 2018.”

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