Thursday, 7 May 2009

When in trouble, double!

Since the initial announcement and subsequent implementation of QE, Gilt yields have steadily risen (see above chart). Mervyn King has therefore lost money on his £52 billion of Gilt purchases. So, like any punter would do when faced with a loss, big Merv has doubled up.

At today's rate announcement, the Bank of England revealed that it will increase its existing QE facility by an additional £50 billion:
"The Committee also agreed to continue with its programme of purchases of government and corporate debt financed by the issuance of central bank reserves and to increase its size by £50 billion to a total of £125 billion. The Committee expected that it would take another three months to complete that programme, and it will keep the scale of the programme under review."
The 10 year Gilt yield fell 10 basis points. Could this be an inflection point in the 75+ basis point rise in Gilt yields?

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