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Category Archives: Quantitative Easing

Surprise fall in CPI inflation in UK

There was an unexpected fall in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) in May to 2.8%, from 3.0% in April. This brought UK inflation to its lowest level in two and a half years. There was also a fall in the Retail Prices Index (RPI) over the same months, from 3.5% to 3.1%. It was only in September last year that … Continue reading

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A downside to Quantitative Easing?

Pension funds are being hit, and hit hard, by quantitative easing (QE), according to the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF). The process of QE instituted by the Bank of England in 2009, involves creating money to buy up government bonds. The purpose of this was to put more liquidity into the banks to improve their balance sheets and to … Continue reading

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UK to experience double-dip recession

In its latest Economic Outlook, the OECD forecasts that both the UK and the eurozone could see a double-dip recession over the next few months. The organisation has slashed its forecast for UK growth in 2012 to only 0.5%. It also believes that growth in the current quarter could be negative at -0.03% and in the first quarter of 2012 … Continue reading

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Has Quantitative Easing actually worked?

 The Bank of England introduced the so-called scheme of Quantitative Easing (QE) in March 2009 and it continued until January 2010. This was an attempt to inject money directly into the economy by buying financial assets on the open market, largely government and corporate bonds. It was introduced because the price of money (Bank Rate) was not working sufficiently to … Continue reading

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