BOE Forbes Says Inflation in UK Could Overshoot Target

Bank of England policymaker Kristin Forbes said inflation in Britain could “sharply” overshoot the BoE’s 2 percent target, partly due to measures announced by the central bank in August to offset the impact of the Brexit vote.

“All in all, partly due to this package, partly due to the underlying momentum in the economy, partly due to other changes in the economy, it does look like the days of inflation bouncing around zero are long gone,” Forbes said.

“Inflation is already picking up. It will pick up even faster and we are likely to overshoot our 2 percent inflation target perhaps sharply in the next two years,” she told a conference organized by Poland’s central bank.

Forbes, a former adviser to the U.S. White House during the presidency of George W. Bush, backed the BoE’s decision to cut interest rates to a new historic low of 0.25 percent in August but was in a minority voting against the expansion of its bond-buying program.

The BoE signaled in September that it might cut rates again on Nov. 3 if the outlook for the economy remained largely in line with its assessment in August.

via Reuters

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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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