Bank of England steps in to calm markets

Bank of England steps in to calm markets

12:05 PM, 28th September 2022, About A year ago 6

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The Bank of England has revealed that it is launching a bond-buying programme in a bid to prevent ‘material risk’ to the UK’s financial stability.

The bank says it is going to restore ‘orderly market conditions’ and buy as many long-dated government bonds as needed from today until 14 October.

The move follows the market mayhem that followed last Friday’s mini-budget unveiled by the government.

This has led to investors seeking a better rate of return for government bonds because of the level of borrowing necessary to help fund the tax cuts unveiled in the budget, as well as providing help in paying energy bills for businesses and households.

Repricing of global and UK financial assets

In a statement, the Bank of England said that the repricing of global and UK financial assets ‘has become more significant in the past day’.

The statement goes on: “It is particularly affecting long-dated UK government debt. Were dysfunction in this market to continue or worsen, there would be a material risk to UK financial stability.

“This would lead to an unwarranted tightening of financing conditions and a reduction of the flow of credit to the real economy.

“In line with its financial stability objective, the Bank of England stands ready to restore market functioning and reduce any risks from contagion to credit conditions for UK households and businesses.”

Bond purchase programme will be covered by HM Treasury

The bank also makes clear that the bond purchase programme will be covered by HM Treasury if there are any losses.

And once once market conditions have stabilised, the bank will sell the bonds it purchases back to the market.

The planned selling of gilts next week by the bank has now been postponed and will take place on 31 October.

Meanwhile, the financial information service, Moneyfacts, says that 935 mortgage products were removed yesterday, and this is the largest overnight drop in the number of available mortgage products they have ever recorded.


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Mick Roberts

11:15 AM, 29th September 2022, About A year ago

Great information again Neil. Put simply for us folk from Bulwell who switch off when it gets too technical.

Denise G

13:55 PM, 29th September 2022, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 29/09/2022 - 11:15
and for us girlies ... for whom all that stuff is just 'too hard'

Mick Roberts

17:14 PM, 29th September 2022, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Denise G at 29/09/2022 - 13:55
Ha ha stop being sexist. My accountants two top women run rings round me when when it comes to regs and 2.74 bracket 5

Denise G

18:13 PM, 29th September 2022, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 29/09/2022 - 17:14
Just joshing Mick - my step d-i-l is an accountant too!

Foreigner perspective

2:44 AM, 30th September 2022, About A year ago

Will further withdraw of mortgage products FREEZE property market?

Rennie

22:19 PM, 12th October 2022, About A year ago

Bonds.........isn't that the sweat equity of we, the people?

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