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Inflation & Interest rates Higher for Longer = Markets Lower for Longer

13:29, 17th January 2024
Justin Waite
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Inflation & Interest rates Higher for Longer = Markets Lower for Longer

Taking Stock on Thursday 17th January 2024

Investors trim BoE rate cut expectations after inflation rises

UK Inflation Data CPI 

Year on Year to December 

Actual 4% 

Forecast 3.8% 

Previous 3.9% 

Month on month to December 

Actual 0.4% 

Forecast 0.2% 

Previous -0.2%

Investors pared back expectations for Bank of England interest rate cuts over the coming year after data on Wednesday showed an unexpected rise in Britain's rate of consumer price inflation.

Traders are pricing in a more than 50% chance the central bank will hold rates in May.

Interest rate swaps showed 15 basis points of BoE rate cuts priced in by May in early trade on Wednesday, compared with 21 basis points on Tuesday.

For the end of 2024, 114 bps of BoE rate cuts are now priced in, compared with 122 bps on Tuesday.

Ruth Gregory, deputy chief UK economist at Capital Economics, said it expected inflation to fall below the Bank's 2% target in April, which would leave policymakers "in a position to cut interest rates by June".

Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, agreed that energy prices falling further would drive down overall inflation, which he said should give the Bank "confidence" to cut its rate for the first time in May, "or failing that in June.

However, he did warn that the five cuts priced in by investors to bring rates down to 4% this year looked a "stretch".

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British house prices fell by the most in more than 12 years in November, dropping by 2.1% compared with the same month in 2022, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Wednesday.

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London was the region with the biggest annual decrease, with prices in the capital falling 6.0%, it said.

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