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Monetary Policy - UK base interest rates climb to 3.5%
Borrowing costs have risen again, by the forecast 0.5%, to 3.5% - the highest level for 14 years (i.e. since the 2008 global financial crisis). Inflation is still 10.7%, still nearly 9% above the 2% inflation target. The change in UK interest rates since December 2021 is the biggest year-on-year increase since 1989
In short, we're entering recession, but the latest MPC voting, with a couple of MPC members actually voting to hold rates at 3%, signalling that interest rates may peak at closer to 4%, rather than the 5% than people were predicting little more than a month ago. However, some of the effects of earlier rate rises are already filtering through to the real economy, in the form of a cooling housing market.
Here is the Guardian's analysis from Larry Elliott of today's interest rate decision - tougher times ahead for borrowers, with the new normal for interest rates likely to be far removed from the days of 0.1% rates.
It seems as though rates are 'normalising' - whatever that means.