The Bank of England (BoE) caught traders off-guard on Thursday, turning what was expected to be a rather mundane affair into something far more interesting, as two policy makers joined Kristin Forbes in voting for a rate hike.
The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee is almost certain to keep interest rates unchanged today despite inflation rising well above its 2% target. It will be interesting to see if there are any dissenters at the MPC, who may be concerned about inflation getting out of control.
Gasoline demand was one of the culprits in yesterday’s crude oil demise as demand slipped, causing problems for the Fed as Fed Chair Janet Yellen says all the pieces are in place for inflation. Yet, the weakness in gasoline demand and economic data may suggest that we may be seeing some underlying softness in the economy. Now you might not think that if you look at the jobs reports and the help wanted ads but in general, the gasoline demand numbers don’t jive with a booming economy.