Mervyn King: Quantitative easing may have to restart

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Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England, warned today that the weakness of the eurozone is jeopardising the UK’s recovery, and the emergency £200bn quantitative easing programme might have to be re-started if the economy deteriorates in the coming months.

“My particular concern at the moment derives from the health of the global economy, and in particular our major trading partner, the eurozone,” the governor said.

Much of the 16-member eurozone bounced out of recession by last summer, but recently-released data for the final quarter of 2009 showed that Germany, the eurozone’s largest economy, stagnated, and several other countries, including Spain and Ireland, remain weak, while Greece is battling to avoid a default on its debts.

Charlie Bean, the Bank’s deputy governor, warned that he expects recovery in the eurozone, as in the UK, to be “sluggish”.

The Guardian

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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