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BoE’s shift in economic perspective - CAN

FXStreet (Delhi) – Peter Dragicevich Senior Currency & Rates Strategist at CAN, suggests that the downward adjustments to UK inflation & global concerns were interpreted as an explicitly dovish turn by the BoE.

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“While the BoE is more cautious, the underlying detail within the projections still point to policy tightening over the horizon. As the dust settles, the UK’s solid domestic fundamentals & a rate hike by the US Fed should see expectations for a BoE rate hike rebound. We continue to look for a BoE rate hike in Q2 2016, with risks it is delayed until Q3.”

“Relative to market expectations the headline message from the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) was interpreted to be more dovish than expected.”

“The BoE maintained an 8-1 vote against a rate hike in November. But downward adjustments to the UK inflation projections and increased concerns about the global economy were latched onto by market participants as a sign the BoE favours a “lower for longer” interest rate outlook. Indeed, the BoE’s economic update was predicated on the first rate hike coming through in Q1/Q2 2017, out from Q2/Q3 2016 assumed in the August Inflation Report.”

“While this could simplistically be viewed as an overtly dovish turn, the underlying detail suggests caution. The BoE is more guarded but it hasn’t undergone a sea change with respect to its medium-term outlook. The BoE’s macroeconomic projections, particularly when interest rates are held constant and subsequent comments from Governor Carney do not appear to validate the market pricing assumed. Indeed, within the BoE meeting minutes, the MPC noted that the implied rate path “would provide more than adequate support to domestic demand to bring inflation to target even in the face of global weakness”.

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