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UK Interest Rates to be Cut to 5% Today on Fears of Housing Recession

Interest-Rates / US Interest Rates Apr 10, 2008 - 12:29 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Interest-Rates Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Bank of England is expected to cut UK interest rates to 5% at today's MPC meeting following a slump in UK house prices that saw a 2.5% fall in March (Halifax:SA). Interest rates were last cut in February 08 which was inline with the Market Oracle forecast as of August 07 and Sept 07 for UK interest rates to fall to 5% by September 2008, this was revised lower to 4.75% in January 2008 , following the US Panic rate cut of 0.75% on 22nd Jan 08 to 3.5%, and subsequent cuts which has taken the US Fed Funds rate down to 2.25%.


Despite the recent up tick in inflation (CPI 2.5%), the overall trend remains down and inline with the Market Oracle forecast as of November 2007 as illustrated by the above graph which shows peaks in the inflation rates having occurred during early 2007. However recent consensus forecasts (Bloomberg) are for UK inflation as measured by the CPI to rise to 3.1% this year on the back of rising energy and food costs. I do not agree with this view, and expect the rise in the CPI to prove temporary.

Credit Crisis Continues

One of the prime drivers for today's cut in UK Interest rates will be in an attempt to ease the systemic instability in the credit markets which has again seen a sharp rise in the inter bank rate towards levels which case distress to UK financial institutions as illustrated by the spread between the 3 month LIBOR rate and the UK Base Interest rate. This results in a vicious cycle of banks withdrawing credit from borrowers as each Credit Crunch Tsunami Wave hits the banking system.

UK Economic Growth

The slowdown in economic activity suggests there will be further cuts in UK interest rates on the back of weak economic data in the coming months. The most probable date for the next rate cut is in June 2008, which will likely coincide with the next Tsunami Wave to hit the UK banks. The IMF revised its forecast for the UK economy down to 1.6% for 2008, against current UK treasury forecasts of 2% GDP growth. These still remain substantially above the Market Oracle forecast for UK GDP growth for 2008 of 1.1 to 1.3% as of December 2007, with increasingly looks optimistic as the risks of a recession by early 2010 grow. Therefore the expectation is for both the IMF and Treasury to make further downward revisions for the prospects for UK growth in the coming months.

UK Housing Bear Market

The UK housing market in March completed the 8th month of its bear market that is forecast to fall by 15% by August 2009. House price inflation is expected to go negative on an annualised basis in April and will be followed by alarming headlines during May 2008.

British Pound

The British Pound has fallen sharply against the Euro, declining by some 15% as the spread between the UK Base rate and the ECB interest rates narrows. There remains little signs of the ECB cutting interest rates during the first half of the year, therefore the Pound is expected to continue to fall against the Euro and the US Dollar after recently trading as high as £/$ 2.11, and now targeting a decline towards £/$1.90 (10% drop from high).

Market Oracle Track Record of Calling Monthly Interest Rate Decisions

Month
Market Oracle Forecast
Actual MPC Decision
Outcome
Apr 08
0.25% Cut
Pending
Pending
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
92%

 

By Nadeem Walayat

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