The Bank of England’s (BoE) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) today voted unanimously to maintain Bank Rate at 0.25%.
The Committee also decided to continue with the programme of sterling non-financial investment-grade corporate bond purchases totalling up to £10 billion, financed by the issuance of central bank reserves.
Additionally, it will continue with the programme of £60 billion of UK government bond purchases to take the total stock of these purchases to £435 billion, financed by the issuance of central bank reserves.
The minutes from the European Central Bank’s latest monetary policy meeting reveal anxieties about nations manipulating their currencies for competitive gain.
According to the ECB minutes, which were released today, “A number of remarks were made about recent exchange rate developments.”
It was noted in the minutes that while the euro exchange rate is not a target of ECB policy, movements in the exchange rate are deemed important insofar as they can affect the outlook for growth and inflation in the euro area.
In this week’s podcast Galen Stops reports from Stockholm on his observations from last week’s Profit & Loss conference in that city, and his interruption by abseiling window cleaners gives Colin Lambert the opportunity to tell his favourite window cleaning story.
On more pertinent topics, they discuss the obvious discord between Sweden’s central bank and local economists and Lambert gives his thoughts on the start of the Cartel trial – stressing the differences between this and the impending appeal of Mark Johnson.
Technology is also in our podcasters cross hairs as they look at blunt instruments to manage market risk and Lambert asks the philosophical questions, ‘Is the market always lagging technology and is this a good thing?’ and ‘at what stage do market participants revert to making the tech work for them rather than have the tech dictate their modus operandi?’
There’s also a quick skip through the latest from the crypto world and Lambert also feels obliged to call out one company for its chaotic start to live under a new moniker, and another for good “spin” around its volume numbers.