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Why the Bank of England should cut interest rates now

by Nigel Green, deVere Group CEO
19th Mar 24 2:35 pm

The Bank of England is likely to maintain its benchmark interest rate at 5.25% on Thursday, with many arguing that it’s a prudent move in the face of uncertainty.

However, a deeper analysis reveals that a rate cut is not only warranted but also essential for bolstering the economy and alleviating burdens on investors, businesses, and households alike.

For investors, the prolonged period of stagnant interest rates poses a significant challenge.

While it may provide a sense of stability in the short term, it stifles opportunities for growth and investment.

With borrowing costs remaining high, investors are discouraged from allocating capital to productive ventures, hindering economic dynamism and innovation.

A rate cut would inject much-needed liquidity into the market, stimulating investment activity and revitalising investor confidence.

Businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), bear the brunt of high borrowing costs.

For these entities, access to affordable credit is vital for expansion, job creation, and overall sustainability. With interest rates at their current levels, many businesses find themselves constrained by debt servicing obligations, diverting resources away from productive endeavours.

A reduction in interest rates would alleviate this burden, empowering businesses to invest in research and development, enhance operational efficiency, and foster long-term growth.

At the household level, the impact of unchanged interest rates is palpable. Rising borrowing costs translate into higher mortgage payments, increased credit card debt, and constrained disposable income.

As families grapple with mounting financial pressures, consumer spending – a key driver of economic activity – faces headwinds.

In addition, stagnant wage growth exacerbates the affordability crisis, leaving many households struggling to make ends meet.

A rate cut would provide much-needed relief to households, easing financial burdens and supporting consumption-led growth.

The rationale behind advocating for a rate cut extends beyond immediate economic concerns. It reflects a broader imperative to recalibrate monetary policy in response to evolving macroeconomic conditions.

The BoE’s mandate encompasses not only price stability, but also the promotion of sustainable growth and full employment.

By lowering interest rates, the central bank can fulfil its mandate more effectively, creating an environment conducive to robust economic performance and equitable prosperity.

Critics may argue that a rate cut could fuel inflationary pressures, undermining the central bank’s credibility and eroding purchasing power.

However, such concerns must be weighed against the prevailing deflationary risks and subdued economic outlook. Inflationary dynamics are influenced by a multitude of factors, including supply chain disruptions, wage dynamics, and global commodity prices.

A prudent and nuanced approach to monetary policy is essential to tackle these complexities and strike a balance between inflation containment and growth promotion.

To my mind, as the Bank of England convenes for its Thursday meeting, it must heed the calls for change and seize the opportunity to recalibrate monetary policy in favour of sustainable growth and prosperity.

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