Operation of monetary policy

Quarterly Bulletin 1994 Q2
Published on 01 June 1994
  • Economic and monetary statistics released in the first quarter indicated continued moderate growth without an increase in inflationary pressures.
  • Against this background, and re-assessing the possible impact in April of Budget measures that constituted a marked tightening of the fiscal stance, interest rates were lowered by 1/4% on 8 February.
  • The timing and size of the move surprised the markets and led to a weakening in sterling, and in the gilt-edged and equity markets. In turbulent international conditions, there were sharp falls in almost all world bond markets, but gilt yields rose more than yields elsewhere.
  • The Bank maintained a broadly neutral stance in its official money-market operations. Technical conditions in the money markets tightened in late February and early in March, but the new repo and secured loan facilities helped to ease the strains.

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