U.K. Recovery Still Looks V-Shaped, BOEs Haldane Says
The U.K.s recovery is still looking V-shaped and the economy has clawed back about half the output it lost in March and April, Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane said Monday.To get more news about Expert 24 Trade, you can visit wikifx news official website.
“This plainly has been a recovery and a pretty sharp one,” he told lawmakers on Parliaments Treasury Committee. “As has been the case of course globally -- in that sense we have seen a bounce-back, so far it has been a V. That does of course not tell us where we might go next.”
Haldane dissented at the BOE‘s June meeting, voting against expanding asset purchases. He’s since come across as more upbeat about the economy than Governor Andrew Bailey and fellow policy maker Silvana Tenreyro, who will also address lawmakers this afternoon.
Haldane said the economy likely hit its floor in April, and about half of the roughly 25% fall in activity in March and April has been regained. But he noted that labor market figures are “understating the unemployment problem” and policy makers are monitoring the job situation carefully.
Were “by no means out of the woods on activity or jobs, but materially better than expected two or three months ago,” he said.
BOE officials will publish updated forecasts at their next policy meeting on Aug. 6. They have been reviewing tools at their disposal, including negative interest rates, after cutting rates to a record low 0.1% and expanding their bond-buying program.
“There is plainly less room for monetary maneuver as a result of this crisis, be that interest rates or further QE,” Haldane said. “But less room for maneuver is not no monetary maneuver at all.”
Negative interest rates could potentially encourage further borrowing, though they would also have downsides like a squeeze on banks margins, he said.