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The story behind the numbers
August marks a year since the base rate was lowered to 0.25%, but despite Brexit-based uncertainty the economy has remained resilient and commentators continue to speculate about when rates will rise again. At their August meeting, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) took a dovish tone, as expected, with 6-2 voting to hold the base rate.
The MPC also voted unanimously to continue the tightening of monetary policy started one year ago by maintaining the current level of corporate and government bond purchases. However, they decided not to extend the Term Funding Scheme which will end in February 2018 as initially planned.
We expect a rise in the base rate to 0.5% within a year. That rate would remain unchanged until 2020, when it would rise to 0.75%. For LIBOR, we expect to broadly follow the base rate, rising to around 0.75% in two years.
Data produced 3rd August 2017