In a widely expected move, the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee has voted unanimously to increase Bank Rate to 0.75%. It may be noted that the central bank raised repo rate by 25 bps to 6.25 per cent in June, marking the first hike by the MPC in the last four years.
While Repo rate is the rate at which the central bank lends money to the banks, the reverse repo rate is the rate at which banks lend money to the RBI. "We don't expect another rate rise before May 2019", says James Smith, a developed markets economist and colleague of Patel at ING Group.
"That will then force the banks to push through the bank rate rise". The rate they decide sets a reference point for banks and building societies, so their decision affects millions of people across the UK.
As per reports, the hike of interest rates n June was a benchmark lending rate in past four years.
"Every saver now has their fingers crossed that this latest base rate rise may go some way to returning rates to those levels, but like last time, providers are likely to be slow to react and choosy with their increases".
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"We think the bank wants to raise rates in a gradual way and that would be consistent with the next one in February", he said.
Surendra Hiranandani, chairman and managing director of House of Hiranandani, said inflation is expected to trend upwards and might surprise in the second half of the year owing to increase in higher government spending.
Killol Pandya, Head, Fixed Income, Essel Mutual Fund, said, while market is discounting a rate hike, he believes it is a touch-and-go matter with nearly even probability of rate action.
The Bank's nine rate-setters were unexpectedly unanimous in their vote to raise rates to 0.75% from 0.5%. "Actual inflation outcomes have been slightly below the projected trajectory as the seasonal summer surge in vegetable prices has remained somewhat muted in comparison with its past behaviour and fruits prices have declined", it said.
He added: "With interest rates down at 0.50%, the Bank of England would clearly likely to gradually normalise monetary policy given that it is essentially an emergency low rate".
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At lunchtime today, United Kingdom time, the Bank of England looks set to raise interest rates for just the second time since the financial crisis. "The RBI may continue to focus on inflation, fiscal deficit and global geopolitical uncertainties".
Around two thirds of its mortgage customers are now on fixed-rate products and so will not see their rate change during their fixed-rate period. "Although underlying tone of RBI statement appeared balanced, inflationary risks and outlook highlighted by the central bank indicates hawkishness".
A homebuyer paying off a £250,000 mortgage over a 20-year term will have to find an extra £31 a month - £374 a year.
She said: "The Bank of England must tread carefully when it comes to further changes in interest rates".
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