Category: financial markets

Bank of England needs to act now to curb inflation risks

The Bank of England may finally be ready to take the foot off the accelerator – at last. The latest economic data already seem to have persuaded some members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) that the time to scale back the emergency stimulus is fast approaching. I think this should start at the August … Continue reading Bank of England needs to act now to curb inflation risks

Forget Bitcoin’s latest collapse, digital currencies are still the future

The latest slump in the prices of Bitcoin (and many of its peers) has put a serious dent in their credibility as a reliable means of payment, let alone as a store of value or a sound investment. But this is certainly not the end for digital currencies. If anything, the crash in the prices … Continue reading Forget Bitcoin’s latest collapse, digital currencies are still the future

Inflation risks are building – but does anybody care?

Many people have already written about how the ‘spectre of inflation’ has returned to haunt global investors. In reality, financial markets are still surprisingly relaxed about the risks, and most measures of inflation expectations have risen only slightly. This seems increasingly complacent. In part this reflects the persistently dovish messages from the world’s major central … Continue reading Inflation risks are building – but does anybody care?

It’s time to pause QE

Consumers, businesses, and investors are increasingly optimistic about the prospects for the UK economy, and independent forecasts are continually being revised up. Policymakers at the Treasury and Bank of England should now be reassessing their plans too. The consensus at the start of the year was that UK GDP would grow by around 4% in … Continue reading It’s time to pause QE