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UK Interest Rate to be Kept on Hold at 5%

Interest-Rates / UK Interest Rates Jun 05, 2008 - 01:37 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Interest-Rates Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee is expected to keep interest rates on hold at 5% at today's meeting. UK inflation hit the Bank of England's upper boundary of 3% CPI in April 08, therefore ruling out the possibility of a further rate cut despite a sharp slow down in economic activity with UK growth on target to hit the Market Oracle forecast of 1.3% for 2008.


The Market Oracle interest rate forecast is for a fall to 4.75% by September 2008. The surge in food and fuel costs which has seen crude oil prices rise by 90% in a year has helped to push the UK inflation higher as the cost of fuel rises are passed on across the production and transport chain, and therefore is expected to continue to push inflation higher for several more months , thereby implying no interest rate cuts during the summer months.

A potential spanner in the works in forecasting interest rates against inflation trends is due to the inflation measures such as CPI and RPI having been heavily manipulated by governments so as to no longer accurately reflect the real rate of inflation. This has serious implications for the UK economy as it implies a loss of confidence in the official inflation statistics amongst workers that will lead to far higher pay settlements and industrial disputes which are already occurring in he public sector as the real cost of living is estimated at RPI + 1%, therefore currently approx. 5.2%. The net effect of which is that real inflation has been under reported by over 12% since 2003 on CPI inflation and therefore CPI linked pay has lost 12% of real purchasing power.

UK Money Supply growth adjusted for the velocity of money trend implies that the current upsurge in official inflation statistics is temporary, therefore if the crude oil prices stabalise then the money supply indicator suggests sharply lower inflation towards the end of this year. The Market Oracle forecast as of 20th May 08 is for crude oil prices to correct lower towards $110 over the coming weeks, following the spike that saw crude oil rise to above $135.

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Market Oracle Track Record of Calling Monthly Interest Rate Decisions

Month
Market Oracle Forecast
Actual MPC Decision
Outcome
Jun 08
No Change
Pending
 
No Change
No Change
0.25% Cut
0.25% Cut
No Change
No Change
0.25% Cut
0.25% Cut
No Pre-call
No Change
-
0.25% Cut
0.25% Cut
No Change
No Change
No Change
No Change
No Pre-call
No Change
-
No Change
No Change
0.25% Increase
0.25% Increase
No Change
No Change
0.25% Increase
0.25% Increase
Apr 07
No Pre-call
No Change
-
Mar 07
No Pre-call
No Change
-
0.25% Increase
No Change
0.25% Increase
0.25% Increase
No Pre-call
No Change
-
0.25% Increase
0.25% Increase
Overall Rate Forecast Accuracy
93%

 

By Nadeem Walayat

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