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Fitch UK Debt, Deficit and Ratings Warning Publicity Stunt

Interest-Rates / UK Debt Jun 08, 2010 - 06:38 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Interest-Rates

“The scale of the United Kingdom’s fiscal challenge is formidable and warrants a strong medium-term consolidation strategy, including a faster pace of deficit reduction than set out in the April 2010 budget,” Fitch said.


The Gilt market reacted by pushing yields LOWER across the yield curve with 2 year at 0.78%, 10 year at 3.47% in answer to how the markets rate Fitch and the other ratings agencies that remain as much as 6 months behind the curve. For instance Fitch's report is based on the Labour Government pre-election budget, as if in total denial of the fact that the country has a NEW Con-Lib government.

My only conclusion is that the discredited Fitch ratings agency report is purely a publicity stunt to try and get some free press attention and business amidst the on going UK speculation to the degree of spending cuts and tax rises to be announced in the June 22nd Emergency Budget.

The fact of the matter is that the UK deficit is heading sharply lower having already been cut from £178 billion forecast to £156 billion BEFORE cuts have been implemented, it is not inconceivable that the budget deficit could easily fall below £100 bilion within a year, an analysis of which is pending actual cuts and tax rises to come on June 22nd.

However sterling traders took their cue to send sterling back to £/$1.44 as the British Pound continues to target a sub £/$1.40 2010 low.

Source: http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article20134.html

By Nadeem Walayat

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