UK Central Bank Survey Shows Housing Concerns

A correction in British housing prices was the fastest-growing risk cited by financial firms in a survey published by the Bank of England on Monday.

The biannual survey of economic concerns among banks, building societies, insurers and asset managers said the impact of low-interest rates on house prices had risen sharply as an area of concern since the May survey.

“Perceived risk around property prices … rose, being mentioned by 36% of respondents, up 11 percentage points since the previous survey,” the Bank of England said.

“Concerns were concentrated almost exclusively on the residential market, where responses focused on the risk of a house price correction.”

The Bank feeds the survey into its financial stability work and so far has said it sees no general housing price bubble in the making.

On Monday, the property website Rightmove said fears that Britain’s housing stimulus schemes are inflating a property bubble look overblown.

via 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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