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The Bank of England maintained its main interest rate at a 16-year high, standing firm at 5.25 percent, but hinted at a potential cut in the summer amidst cooling UK inflation and signs of economic recovery.

Governor Andrew Bailey emphasized the need for further evidence of sustained low inflation before considering a rate reduction. However, the central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) showed a tilt towards easing, with two members voting for a 0.25 percentage point cut.

This decision marks the sixth consecutive meeting where the BoE opted for a wait-and-see approach, aligning with counterparts like the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank.

Confidence in the UK economy’s first-quarter growth, signaling the end of a brief recession, bolstered the BoE’s stance towards potential rate cuts.

Yael Selfin, Chief Economist at KPMG UK, predicted a summer easing, reflecting the sentiment among analysts.

While UK inflation eased to 3.2 percent in March from its peak in late 2022, it remains above the BoE’s two-percent target, fueling concerns about the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.

Governor Bailey expressed optimism about inflation nearing the target in the coming months but hinted at necessary rate cuts to sustain it.

The prospect of rate reductions impacted currency markets, with the pound declining against the dollar and euro. However, London’s FTSE 100 index reached a new record high, anticipating future monetary policy adjustments.

Despite the positive market response, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) projected modest UK growth due to inflationary pressures and high-interest rates.

Political dynamics add further uncertainty, with polls indicating a potential change in leadership as the Labour party gains traction ahead of the general election.

The BoE’s cautious approach reflects the delicate balance between addressing inflation concerns and supporting economic recovery amidst evolving global economic conditions.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

13th May,2024

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