A timeline of the BoE’s response to the pandemic
Head of Macroeconomic Research
Summary: A look at the BoE's response to the pandemic and the market reaction.
Beginning of February: First confirmed COVID cases in the United Kingdom.
March 11: The Bank of England decides to cut interest rate from 0.75% to 0.25% and to launch a term-funding scheme to support SMEs that can provide in excess of £100bn.
March 19: New interest rate cut to an historical low level of 0.10%. At the same time, the BoE steps in further by increasing U.K government bond purchases up to £200bn (with total QE program reaching £645bn).
April 9: The BoE implements temporary monetary financing of the government to fund the immediate cost of fighting the coronavirus without having to tap the gilts market (via the government’s bank account at the central bank, known as the “Ways and Means Facility”). The amount allocated to this new scheme is undisclosed.
June 18: As widely expected, the Bank of England beefs up the QE asset purchase program by £100bn – at the lower end of expectations - to a total of about £745bn. At constant path, the current program would have been exhausted in July. In addition, the main interest rate is maintained at 0.10%. The overarching message remains ultra-accommodative with indications of further measures to come to stimulate growth in H2 this year.
Quarterly Outlook Q2 2022
Quarterly Outlook Q2 2022: The End Game has arrived
- Shocks from covid and the war in Ukraine have forced the global financial and political world to change, but what will the end game be?
Productivity and innovation have never been more importantAs the world economy hits physical limits and central banks tighten their belts, could equities be facing a 10-15% downside?
The great EUR recovery and the difficulty of trading itIf the terrible fog of war hopefully lifts soon, the conditions are promising for the euro to reprice significantly higher.
Tight commodity markets – turbocharged by war and sanctionsWith supply already tight, commodities keep powering on. But will it last for yet another quarter?
Between a rock and a hard placeGeopolitical concerns will add upward price pressures and fears of slower growth, while volatility will remain elevated.
The Great ErosionInflation is everywhere and central banks try to combat it. But will they get it under control in time?
Australian investing: Six considerations amid triple Rs: rising rates, record inflation and likely recessionWhile global financial markets are struggling in an uncertain world, the commodity-heavy Australian ASX index is poised to keep a positive momentum.
Cybersecurity – the rush to catch up with realityWith the invasion of Ukraine, governments and private companies are rushing to reinforce their cyber defenses.