Posts Tagged ‘MPC’

Notes From Underground: They Loaded 275 Billion Pounds and What Did They Get?

October 6, 2011

(Another day older and deeper in debt.)

No surprises from the ECB as they held rates at 1.5% as Trichet ended his reign at the helm of European banking by paying homage to the FONZ: Never admit that you were wrong. The ECB did announce that it was extending its policy of providing liquidity to EUROZONE banks at extremely low rates for a period of 12 and 13 months in an effort to prevent any immediate bank run. Also, the ECB announced that it would buy up to 40 billion euro of covered bonds, but that should not be a big deal for covered bonds are the best collateral so many banks will probably not be running for funding posting the highest rated debt.

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Notes From Underground: King Checks, Trichet raises but signals he is not necessarily a serial raiser

April 7, 2011

As expected, the Bank of England held rates at 50 basis points and the ECB moved to raise rates to 1.25 percent. BOE Governor KING does not hold news conferences post-announcement so we will have to wait to find out if the MONETARY POLICY COMMITTEE (MPC) voted 5-3-1 again. Also, with inflation in the U.K. above the targeted level, Mr.King will be writing another to the ECHEQUER to explain why the BOE kept rates at the present level and held back from raising as prescribed by its mandate.

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Notes From Underground: Mubarak delivers the U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment a KY Moment

February 10, 2011

As expected, the Bank of England held the overnight lending rate at 0.5 percent. The POUND held its ground and actually rallied against the other major currencies. The U.K. yield curve steepened a touch but basically rested as it has been very active of late–it widened out with the MPC acquiescing to the recent rise in CPI numbers. The markets will have to wait until February 23 to find out the breakdown of the nine-member panel voting record. In the U.S., the JOBLESS CLAIMS number was much better than expected as the number dropped to a two-and-a-half-year low.┬áThe credit markets were numb to this data point as it has been so volatile due to weather-related effects.

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Notes From Underground: Will the BOE see its Shadow and spring into raising rates?

February 9, 2011

Today, Ben Bernanke went before the new sheriffs in Washington and he maintained the importance of the FED‘s dual mandate. He let Paul Ryan and his comrades unequivocably know that the dual mandate will be fulfilled. Yes, Chairman Bernanke appeared to sign on to the desire of the Republicans’ “mandate” for fiscal rectitude but that is always to be expected from a FED chairman.

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