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Bank of England Inflation report offers markets a reality check

-Mark Bolsom is Head of the UK Trading Desk at Travelex Global Business Payments. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Sterling tumbled to a one week low against the dollar in trading this morning, after the Bank of England delivered its latest quarterly inflation and growth forecasts today.

In his speech, Bank of England Governor Mervyn King downgraded his economic growth forecasts and raised inflation expectations, saying he expected inflation would fall well below its 2 per cent target in two years, even if interest rates stay low.

While markets had expected growth forecasts to be lowered, the Quarterly Inflation Report has been a bit of a reality check. The preliminary reading of Quarter 2’s GDP figure had put the markets in a good mood, as it looked like the economy was back on track.