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14 September 2022 – UK house prices leapt in July by 15.5 percent in annual terms, the biggest increase since May 2003 according to the Office for National Statistics ONS.
July’s increase represented a sharp jump from June’s 7.8% rise in prices which was a sharp slowdown from May.
UK inflation has fallen slightly to 9.9 percent. However, the Bank of England target is 2 percent. Interest rates in the UK must be increased by at least 3/4 of percentage point next week and at least one more 3/4 percent point next time.
The value of the pound against dollar has fallen to decades lows and the Federal Reserve will pressure the pound even lower this month if the Bank of England does not at least match the interest rate increases in America. Failure to match USA interest rate increases will make UK inflation worse and mean the Bank of England will need to increase UK interest rates even higher in future, for longer to control UK inflation.
13 September 2022 – Britain’s jobless rate hit its lowest since 1974.
UK unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent in the three months to July, the Office for National Statistics said.
UK inflation is expected to hit 10.2 percent in the 12 months to August when figures are published tomorrow. on the 22nd of September the Bank of England is anticipated to increase UK interest rate by 3/4 of a percent to try to tame UK inflation. if the Bank of England does push up UK interest-rate in such a jump it will be the biggest increase since 1989 (excluding an attempt to shore up the pound in 1992 which was quickly reversed).
The number of UK job vacancies in the June-to-August period is 1.266 million. A shortage of workers is pushing UK wages higher.BusinessRiskTV
UK wages excluding bonuses rose by 5.2 percent, the highest rate since the three months to August 2021. As UK inflation is at least double that, UK standard of living is collapsing in real terms.
The UK government’s newly announced pledge to cap corporate energy bills as well as households’ should help avoid a sharp rise in unemployment this winter and inhibit but not prevent a UK recessionary business environment.
9 September 2022 – UK energy support package will result in higher faster interest rate rises UK
The Bank of England used to bang on about how inflation is not controlled by higher interest rates due to the war in Ukraine pushing up energy costs and thus inflation. Bank of England suggested it could not control events in the Ukraine or control the impact on UK economy with interest-rate increases.
Now that the UK government has decided to support consumers and businesses with £150 billion package of free money flooding the marketplace over the next couple of years, inflation rate will temporarily fall but will highlight the true level of UK inflation the Bank of England can control.
Many analysts now say that the real UK inflation rate, taking energy out of the equation, is 11%. The Bank of England target rate is 2%. Therefore the Bank of England has nowhere to hide and must now rapidly increase UK interest rates to control the controllables level of inflation. If the Bank of England does not rapidly increase UK interest rates then we should ask why?
17 August 2022 – Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation hit 10 .1 percent in the 12 months to July – up from 9 .4 percent in June.
Average wage rises are running at 4 percent. On average, the standard of living in the UK continues to fall as cost of living far outstrips income increases.
The official figures – released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this morning – are the highest since February 1982 when inflation hit 10 .2 percent.
The economy is predicted to enter recession – defined as two quarters, or six months, of economic decline – in the last three months of this year and into 2023 .
British house prices rose in June by 7.8 percent in annual terms, the weakest increase since July last year, which was immediately after the scaling back of a COVID-19 emergency tax break for house-buyers.ONS
UK house prices continue to rise but at a slower pace. June’s increase represented a sharp slowdown from May’s 12.8 percent annual jump in prices.
25 July 2022 – Asda Income Tracker showed 20 percent of UK households had negative disposable income in June – an average shortfall of 60 pounds.
An increasing number of people in the UK are suffering from a shortfall between what they earned and what they needed to spend on essentials according to UK supermarket group Asda today.
Inflation in UK rose to a 40 year high of 9.4 percent in June but will blast through double figures in coming months.
In response to the crisis, Britons are trading down in both stores and products, switching from mainstream supermarkets to discounters and from branded to lower priced private label products.
They are also cutting back on fuel purchases as they reduce the number of car journeys they make, buying fewer takeaways, cancelling streaming services and cancelling repair warranties on domestic appliances.
14 July 2022 – Reduction in supply of mortgages and unsecured borrowing in UK in the third quarter of 2022
British lenders expect the availability of mortgages and unsecured consumer lending to fall. They also expect borrowers to default more as the year progresses.
The cost of borrowing in UK will rise further and perhaps faster than in previous Bank of England interest rate increases. Today in the USA, the financial markets are now anticipating a 1% increase in USA interest-rate in August following a big jump in inflation in June to 9.1 percent. Similar faster interest-rate increases in the UK can be expected as UK heads towards and passes 11 percent.
30 June 2022 – Ease of doing business UK rank 2022
22 June 2022 – UK inflation hits fresh 40-year high of 9.1 percent.
The rate of inflation in the UK has risen to a fresh 40-year high of 9.1 percent in May, according to the latest official figures from the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Inflationary expectations are increasing wage rise expectations and will result in increasing social unrest including more strikes for higher pay.
Inflation in the UK has accelerated slightly in May from April. The Bank of England says UK inflation is going above 11 percent soon as if inflation as nothing to do with it! Its inflation target for UK is 2 percent and if UK inflation goes above this the Bank of England is supposed to act to control inflation.
UK inflationary pressures are increasing not easing as the producer price index, which measures inflation before it reaches consumers, jumped to a 45-year high of 15.7pc. The retail price index, which is used to determine train ticket prices and to which some index-linked bonds are pegged, rose to 11.7pc.
20 June 2022 – The Bank of England (BoE) must raise interest rates more aggressively to avoid a sterling depreciation against the dollar that would drive inflation higher, according to policy maker Catherine Mann.
Mann, an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), was part of the defeated minority of three, who voted to increase the Bank rate by 50 basis points at last week’s meeting.
20 June 2022 – Bank of England withdraws mortgage affordability test.
The Bank of England Financial Policy Committee will withdraw its mortgage affordability test recommendation in August 2022 following a review of the mortgage market.
The central bank introduced the test in 2014 to ensure that borrowers do not become a threat to financial stability by taking on debt they could not afford to repay.
The BoE said its loan-to-income “flow limit” would not be withdrawn and, alongside other affordability assessments, would help to protect the financial system in a simpler, more predictable and more proportionate way, it thinks. Could it also be the case that mortgages will increasingly become unaffordable as 2022 progresses and we turn into 2024.
The ratio of average mortgages to incomes has hit 3.4, the highest level since records began in 1992.BusinessRiskTV
In 2021, a fifth of mortgages were on variable rates, down from 70 percent a decade earlier. This means that many mortgage holders will be insulated from need to remortgage for some time. However, when fixed mortgage period comes to an end over the next few months it will be a huge shock to people and the UK economic system. Monthly mortgage payments will jump even assuming people can remortgage to better mortgage and not be stuck on existing mortgage providers much higher standard variable rate.
Only about 30 percent of people in the UK have a mortgage. The rest either rent, or have outright ownership of their home. However, they cost of renting in the UK is rising, partly to reflect the rising costs of landlords and partly due to shortage of homes in the UK.
The impending UK recession will push up unemployment, slowly in 2022 but faster in 2023. Rising unemployment at a time of increasing interest rates will make mortgages less affordable. Could the changes of the Bank of England be in preparation for the impending financial crisis?
16 June 2022 – Bank of England BoE increases interest rate by just 0.25 percent to 1.25 percent.
With runaway inflation in the UK arrives employee wage increase expectation that fully embeds inflationary pressures in the UK economy. Whether the cause of inflation is supply chain problems or the war in the Ukraine or the failure or the Bank of England to do its main job or the governments of the UK is almost irrelevant now. People will have less money to spend in next couple of years and this will cool inflation a little but it needs to be smothered at this time and then the BoE can slow pace of quantitative tightening QT. Instead the BoE reduces the coal insignificantly on the inflation engine fire. The BoE should have followed the lead of the central bank of USA, the Federal Reserve, and start hitting the brakes hard now so it can ease off the brakes later.
If you want to bring inflation down you need to massively boost supply or drastically reduce demand. There are 9000 ships stuck at Shanghai unable to either load or unload. The situation is actually worse at Los Angeles. Supply chain problems are a factor with inflation that interest rate setting will not change. If people have less money they will not be able to buy more. Not being able to buy more restricts demand. If you want to control inflation quickly, you need to push up interest rate fast. The Bank of England does not want to control inflation quickly. The BoE is aiming for what’s called a smooth landing. Time will tell if they set the right course.
In the meantime the UK will face a summer autumn winter and spring of social discontent. People want their pay to rise at least at the rate of inflation. As the Bank of England has not acted fast enough, they will want higher wages than if the BoE had acted quicker. The UK economy will face greater hardship for longer as a result of BoE monetary policy not because of supply chain issues or war in Ukraine.
9 percent inflation will quickly rise to 11 percent by the BoE own analysis of the UK economy. With the BoE inaction we have not seen the start of the end of runaway inflation in the UK with this weeks interest rate increase.
14 June 2922 – UK unemployment rate rose slightly in the first three months to April 2022.
UK official unemployment rate is 3.8 percent, according to the Office for National Statistics ONS. Many market experts had expected on unemployment rate fall.
The ONS reported that real wages – a measure of regular wage growth when inflation is factored in – had now dropped by 2.2 percent on the year from 1.2 percent during the three months to March. When the Bank of England had the cost of living under control and inflation was below its 2 percent target the standard of living in UK was rising. Peoples expectations on wages increases has now fully embedded inflation in the UK marketplace as is, and will be increasingly, evidenced by strikes over pay offered by employers to employees.
13 June 2022 – The UK economy contracted by 0.3 percent in April, according to official figures released by UK Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The ONS said each main area of the economy contributed to April’s decline.
7 June 2022 – British shoppers cut their spending in May by the most since the country was in a coronavirus lockdown in January 2021, according to a survey published by British Retail Consortium (BRC).
UK total retail spending fell by largest amount year-on-year since January 2021. The reduction in UK retail spending is also accelerating as the year progresses and inflation increases.
There is also a red flag from credit card spending which is increasing. Part of the spending can be explained by increased spending on holidays but there are fears that UK consumers are being forced to put more day-to-day spending on plastic. This could result in reduced spending in future and increased bad debt for individuals and businesses in UK.
20 May 2022 – Former Bank of England BoE Governor Mervyn King said today that central banks including the BoE are to blame for the current surge in inflation to its highest in 40 years, after doing too much quantitative easing during the pandemic.
While central banks point to supply-chain difficulties and a surge in energy prices, worsened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, critics say inflation is also evidence of too much monetary and fiscal stimulus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
King, who is now an independent member of Britain’s upper house of parliament, and sits on its economic affairs committee, said there had been “a failure of the economics profession”.
18 May 2022 – UK inflation hits 40-year high of 9 percent in the 12 months to March, according to the Office For National Statistics ONS in UK.
Perhaps even more worryingly, this record high inflation level in UK is highly likely to be already higher and set to go higher still as the year wears on. When it was indicated by Bank of England that inflation in UK would be above 10 percent by the end of the year, they didn’t mean inflation would be 10 percent headline figure you first think of!
Latest UK inflation announcement from the ONS covers price changes from April 2021 until April 2022BusinessRiskTV
The Bank of England Governor this week in response to MPs questions, almost happily, said food prices could rise apocalyptically! Some things he couldn’t control with increases in interest rates, like oil and food prices, but if he and Bank of England had set out to stop stimulating the UK economy in 2021 we would be less in the proverbial now on this costs that would have been more under control. The delay in increasing interest rates now means the Bank of England will have to be more aggressive in raising interest rates than was needed to mitigate rising UK inflation. UK interest rate is currently 1 percent and expected to rise again in June to at least 1.25 percent.
One thing in the Bank of England’s defence is that increasing National Insurance costs to workers and businesses in UK in April will contribute to reducing demand for the rest of 2022 and into 2023. This will mitigate inflation rate in UK.
Another, bigger brake, will be another massive energy cost hike in October 2022 as the UK energy price cap will be shuffled upwards. The bump in energy prices in April will not be fully felt by UK consumers as the weather heats up. However, come the UK winter and Spring 2023, UK consumers spending power will be slashed by massive increased cost of energy.
The UK economy has already made a handbrake turn to face its impeding recession. It could have made a slower, less painful, less frightening, shallower, shorter recession if the Bank of England had fulfilled its duty earlier in 2021. As it is, the UK is now facing a horror ride! Destination recession or depression will not hit until 2023.
17 May 2022 – UK unemployment falls to lowest since 1974
Good news! It is good news, but the calm before the impending storm to end of year and into probably all of 2023 if not 2024.
UK unemployment fell to 3.7 percent in the first three months of this yearBusinessRiskTV
Average earnings, excluding bonuses, were 4.2 percent higher than a year earlier in the three months to March. As inflation in the UK is so much higher than wage increases, the average standard of living in the UK is falling.
6 May 2022 – Restructuring firm Begbies Traynor has reported a 19 percent year-on-year increase in British firms in critical financial distress in the first quarter of 2022.
5 May 2022 – The Bank of England has raised UK interest rate from 0 .75 percent to 1 percent today to try to control out of control inflation robbing UK consumers’ spending power.
UK interest rate is now at highest level for 13 years. However they will have to increase much further to control inflation now. The Bank of England should have begun the interest rate increases last year when it was clear that a shortage of skills was going to start to push up UK inflation.
If you delay the pain of higher interest rates, as the Bank of England has done, you have to increase interest rate higher for longer to eradicate the mindset of increasing prices in business and increasing wages to keep up with inflation. That’s how runaway inflation starts and goes out of control. Putting inflation back in its box will now be more painful than it needed to be.
Forecast for UK economic growth this year remains at 3.75 percent. UK economic growth 2023, forecast cut to 1 percent. Cut its growth projection for 2024 to 0.25 percent.Bank Of England
If the BoE projections on economic growth for UK are right, and they often are not, then UK inflation will be well above 2 percent target. Which means everybody, but particularly poor to middle earners, will be suffering a continued fall in their standard of living. The UK, like all other countries fighting inflation, cannot bring inflation under control without suffering a recession. The recession will be longer and deeper if the BoE does not increase interest rate faster or longer. Yes that will induce a recession but the BoE should have realised that last year and begun interest rate increases then. Then we may have benefited from soft landing of economy. Too late now!
UK inflation climbing above 10 percent in October 2022, due to another increase of about 40% in the U.K.’s energy price capBank Of England
We either bite the bullet now or get our heads blown off!
UK households are facing a 1.75 percent drop in real disposable income this year, the second-biggest fall since 1964. That’s even after government support measures to ease the cost of living crisisBank Of England
The Bank of England is considering actively selling bonds it purchased under quantitative easing QE. No major central bank has yet conducted active sales of government bonds. Some have committed to not issuing more sovereign bonds when old bonds mature – printing money -which is not as tight form of Quantitative Tightening QT – the opposite of QE.
Pay growth rising to 5.75 percent in 2022. As UK inflation be around 10 percent, UK living standards will be falling even though UK wages rising.Bank Of England figures
1st May 2022 – According to figures in Big 4 accountant’s EY the UKs biggest companies issued 44 percent more profift warnings for the first 3 months of this year compared to start of of year last year.
Profit warnings can be issued issued for a variety of reasons, but the most common reason at the moment is the rising cost of inflation in UK.
Companies reporting lower profits give less dividends, or stop paying dividends, and this will also impact of the value of the share pushing share prices down. Lower valuations and dividends reduces income of pensioners present and future pensioners. They have less money or confidence to spend.
In addition, UKs biggest companies will be less inclined to invest in the future of their amidst growing uncertainties in their marketplace and the certain knowledge that borrowing to invest in their business is going to be more expensive over next year with rising interest rates in UK.
The UK has entered a negative economic spiral out of control that can only end with a recession. The real question is how long the recession be. Many market watchers say the world is entering the mother of all stock market collapses. It could of been avoided if central banks and national governments had not continued to pump trillions of pounds into their economy’s quicker and more aggressively.
30 April 2022 – According to the latest UK economic outlook report from PwC, British households are set to be £900 worse off this year in a “historic fall” in living standards. The lowest earners face a £1,300 blow to finances. The report found that inflation will hit 8.4% later this year, which will mean a 2% drop in household incomes, marking the biggest fall in real wages since the 1970s and the largest decline in living standards since records began. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and belt-tightening among households and businesses means the economy will grow at a slower-than-expected rate of 3.8% in 2022, down from the 4.5% previously pencilled in and last year’s record 7.4% expansion, the report suggests.
29 April 2022 – 58 percent of British companies plan to raise prices in the coming year due to rising cost pressures, a monthly survey by Lloyds Bank.
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27 April 2022 – UK Retail Sales Dropped Like Stone in April CBI
The slump partly is reflected by a switch away from stuff to buy to stuff to experience like leisure services. It is also an indicator of the effect of the rising cost of living in UK. Increased food and fuel costs mean people have less money to buy stuff or services in UK.
UK wages are not keeping up with prices and so the standard of living in UK is falling. UK inflation is running at 30 year high of 7 percent and forecast by government via OBR to go above 9 percent by end of 2022. Wages are rising around half as fast at 4 percent on average. The Bank of England is expected by markets to increase UK interest rates to 1 percent on 5th May 2022, to try to control inflation. Making more more expensive to borrow normally reduces demand and thereby prices. However, UK interest rates will need to go much higher to control inflation running at 5 times healthy inflation target of 2 percent.
22nd April 2022 – UK Consumer Confidence Close To All Time Record Low
An influential survey of UK consumers (GfK index survey covering April 2022) sentiment on the strength (or lack of it) revealed UK consumers are at or near their least confident in the prospects for UK economy.
UK inflation has hit 30 year high of 7 percent but the Office for Budget Responsibility OBR says UK inflation will rise to at least 9 percent by the end of the year.BusinessRiskTV
A further huge rise in energy costs for consumers is expected after the Price Cap is adjusted (upwards!) in October 2022. Double digit inflation by 2023 is realistic possibility.
In the face of UK inflation being potentially more than 5 times the level the Bank of England considers healthy inflation, it must push up interest rates in May and repeatedly in 2022, even though it will slow economic growth in the UK. The Bank of England has left flushing the economy with cheap money for too long and now an inflation inferno is set to hit poorer and mid income families particularly hard. More of their spending power is hit by rising inflation as a proportion of overall household income. Businesses profit will be reduced throughout 2022 and 2023 as business leaders scrap for less and less consumer and other business spending but with their own rising costs.
14th April 2022 – Five insurers Aviva, Lloyds Banking Group, Ageas, NFU Mutual and LV= General Insurance and a unit of Allianz have joined a programme set up by Britain’s FloodRe to give homeowners extra funds to build up future resilience to floods in UK.
The insurers will offer customers access to reimbursement costs of up to 10,000 pounds over and above the cost of flood repairs and losses.
The extra money can be used for protective measures such as raising electrical sockets and white goods above floor level and replacing flooring with waterproof tiles.
12 April 2022 – It seems bad just now but inflation is going to jump from 6.7 percent now (estimate) to nearly 9 percent by end 2022 according to UK government budget forecasts. Interest rates need to jump massively to bring inflation down so mortgages will jump if you’re not on Fix. Borrowing money will become much more expensive before year end and probably rise into 2023. #BusinessRiskTV #ProRiskManager #UKnews #UKreporter2022 #UKreview #RiskManagement
UK unemployment has fallen to its joint lowest in almost 50 years. The UK jobless rate fell to 3.8 percent in the three months to February from 3.9 percent, which matches the lowest rate in 2019 pre-pandemic. Prior to the 2019 low mark it was 1974 before unemployment rate was so low. However this is probably a low mark as UK economic growth has slowed to standstill. By 2023, at latest UK will be in a recession. Unemployment will rise.
How bad is the UK economy March 2022
23rd March 2022 – UK inflation reached a 30 year high last month increasing to 6.2 percent more than 3 times Bank Of England healthy inflation target of just 2 percent.
The Bank Of England could easily double current interest rate of 0.75 percent to 1.5 percent at least within 12 months to try to control inflation before it destroys value, jobs and leads to an economic depression. 1.5 percent would not even be historically high but the UK has become greedy for cheap money in government and for personal finance.
People working in the investment industry don’t want higher interest rates as it tends to lower corporate share prices, but the low to middle earners need to see and feel inflation under control to maintain quality of lifestyle. Low interest rates tends to see money go from the poor and middle earners to the super rich making them richer but everyone poorer.
More Global Food Shortages and Hyper Global Inflation Of Food and Fuel: In 6 to 12 months there will be massive food shortages leading to famine in 3rd world countries and food inflation in 1st world countries.
15th January 2022 – UK economy recovers to prepandemic levels in November for first time according to Office for National Statistics ONS
November was pre Omicron infection levels in UK but the signs of a post pandemic revival are strong. Business leaders need to prepare for post pandemic risk management to mitigate new threats and seize new business opportunities.
10 December 2021 – UK economy almost recovered to pre-pandemic levels by end of October 2021
Although October economic growth was weaker than many expected, the UK economy has nearly recovered to pre-pandemic levels, and is likely to have done so by end of November, for which official figures are not ready yet.
Slighter weaker economic growth in October than anticipated has given Bank of England increased opportunity to keep interest rate on hold at 0.1 percent until February 2022. This could save the UK government tens of billions of pounds in interest payments on UK government borrowings but will leave high inflation unchecked.
24 November 2021 – British manufacturing factories order books grew at fastest pace since at least April 1977.
The latest Confederation Of British Industry CBI November 2021 survey found that British industrial orders jumped by largest amount on record in November.
23 November 2021 – Bank of England Governor, Andrew Bailey, told House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee he might reduce early forward guidance on central bank policy. The UK central bank could return to stating Bank of England decisions on monetary policy to official pre planned meeting days.
The change of approach follows the most recent débâcle of the Bank of England, clearly leading the markets analysts media business leaders and general public down the path of an interest rate rise in November, only to not increase interest rates on the official meeting day. Bailey said he was not a fan of ‘forward guidance’ used by the Bank of Englands previous governor, Mark Carney, also labelled an “unreliable boyfriend”. He may just keep quiet until official meeting dates and given his failed communication strategy this month that might be better for everyone!
11 November 2021 – UK economy is still on track to recover all economic growth lost during pandemic by end of December.
It took 5 years for the UK economy to recover from the 2008 global financial crisis caused by poor financial sector risks management. It has taken the UK economy less than 2 years to recover from a bigger financial and health crisis. Now we just need to pay for it!
Crucially UK unemployment is comparatively very low and falling, compared to unemployment rate post global financial crisis of 2008. House prices are at an all time high, business confidence is high and the cost of borrowing in UK remains at a record all time low, though set to rise in December 2021 or February 2022 at latest. Paying back the record high level of debt will be easier if borrowing costs from higher interest rates can be minimised through low borrowing rates, high employment and increased government revenue from taxes.
The UK recovery is accelerating. We have only had a month, October, where furlough has not been in existence. In the run in to the end of the calendar year the UK consumer can cement the recovery by spending especially as many have saved thousands of pounds during the pandemic. It is highly likely that the last quarter of 2021 could be a stronger growth period than the previous quarter especially as it contains Christmas spending. UK GDP will be 7 percent for 2021 which is supersonic fast growth by UK recent history where 2 percent would be regarded as ok.
UK GDP could be around 5 percent in 2022 – slower than 2021 but still supersonic fast. We can expect several interest rate increases in 2022 in an attempt by Bank of England to temper UK inflation.
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Sky News 4 November 2021 Report On Effect Of Bank Of England Decision On Interest Rate For UK
Andrew Bailey Governor of Bank of England presided over an interest rate risk communication strategy on run up to Bank of England announcement that indicated an interest rate increase now in November that did not happen. Previous Bank of England Governor Mark Carney told us that when UK unemployment rate fell to 7 percent interest rate would rise – it didn’t!
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