The Great Debate UK

The watered down version of Forward Guidance

August 8, 2013

The new governor of the Bank of England has shaken things up at the Old Lady. Not only has he brought a touch of glamour to the Bank, he is considered a George Clooney look-alike by some, but he has dramatically altered the way that the Bank does things. Since he arrived a little over a month ago we’ve had statements released after meetings and now the Bank has adopted forward guidance.

How will the privatisation of RBS and Lloyds affect gilt supply?

By Guest Contributor
June 4, 2013

–Sam Hill is UK Fixed Income Strategist at RBC Capital Markets. The opinions expressed are his own.–

Interest rate decision day: no news is bad news

February 11, 2011

-Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School and a co-author of “Verdict on the Crash” published by the Institute of Economic Affairs. The opinions expressed are his own.-

UK chancellor has mixed message for gilt investors

May 18, 2010

— Ian Campbell is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own —

Eerie calm before Britain’s election

May 5, 2010

— James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own —

To look at sterling and gilts, you would hardly know that Britain is sailing into a general election which will likely deliver a weaker government with a diminished ability, if not will, to grapple with high debts, an uncertain role in the global economy and an aging population.

from Commentaries:

The case for GDP bonds

August 3, 2009

Around the world, governments are struggling to drum up buyers for the mountain of bonds they need to sell. And that's especially true for big deficit, low savings countries like Britain and the United States.

Hike in interest rates a step closer

June 4, 2009

menashysmall2– Edward Menashy is chief economist at Charles Stanley. The opinions expressed are his own. –

The plight of middle-aged investors

May 26, 2009

david-kuo_motley-fool– David Kuo is director at The Motley Fool. The opinions expressed are his own. –

Middle-age investment challenge

May 26, 2009

Stephen Peters

– Stephen Peters is an investment trust analyst at Charles Stanley, covering all closed-ended investment trusts and companies. The opinions expressed are his own. –