from Breakingviews:

UK banks need government to solve funding squeeze

December 6, 2011

By George Hay
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.The Bank of England is tooling itself up. The UK central bank announced on Dec. 6 a new facility to help domestic lenders if the euro zone crisis causes a fully-fledged freeze in short-term funding markets. But banks may still need more help.

from James Saft:

Britain eats (leverages) its young

November 22, 2011

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

Four years, several failed banks and at least one global recession later, Britain has finally discovered what its young people need: 19-1 leverage.

from Breakingviews:

Becalmed UK in danger of double dip

November 2, 2011

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

from Breakingviews:

UK will get QE2 – but may need fiscal help too

September 15, 2011

The odds are moving rapidly towards a launch of QE2 in the UK. A second bout of quantitative easing - printing money - would be controversial. But a fragile economy needs extreme treatment - monetarily, and probably fiscally, too.

from MacroScope:

BoE rate decision has echoes of Jan 2007

March 10, 2011

By Sumanta Dey in Bangalore Mervyn King

The BoE is expected to keep rates on hold at its monthly meeting today. Sixty-two out of 63 economists polled by Reuters expect such an outcome. Statistically speaking, that is more than a fair majority. But are we in for another upset like the one more than four years back? At that time, Simon Ward of Henderson Global Investors was the only economist correctly calling a rate hike.

from MacroScope:

Broadbent’s BoE appointment keeps hawks in health

March 7, 2011

BRITAIN-BOE/Ben Broadbent’s appointment to the Monetary Policy Committee ought to dispel any notions that the Bank of England would be left short of hawks after the departure of Andrew Sentance.

Britons face rising price pain

By Reuters Staff
February 15, 2011

Fiona Shaikh is Reuters’ Economic Correspondent, based in London. –

from MacroScope:

The perils of predicting BoE policy

February 8, 2011

BRITAIN/As we’ve noted extensively, economists often get it wrong. Leaving aside their collective failure to recognise an impending global recession, you might recall a shock interest rate hike from the Bank of England in January 2007.

from The Great Debate UK:

Are interest rates set to rise?

February 8, 2011

USA/Whenever he approaches a bend, an F1 driver has to make a fine judgment: brake too soon and he loses vital momentum, too late and he risks losing control altogether, with possibly fatal consequences.

from MacroScope:

How uncertain exactly is the uncertain BoE?

August 11, 2010

king-inflation.jpgFor a central bank that looks certain to bust its 2 percent inflation target for most of the time between now and the London 2012 Olympics, there is still a lot of uncertainty out there.