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- The Bank of England raised interest rates by 25 basis points on Thursday to push rates to a 15-year-high of 5.25 per cent. The 0.25 per cent rate rise was widely expected by economists after inflation fell to a 15-month low of 7.9 per cent in June. Despite this, Bank of England Governor, Andrew Bailey, warned that high interest rates are likely to remain as the bank tries to push inflation back down to its 2 per cent target.
- US jobs growth slowed in July with 187,000 new jobs added in the month, compared to the 200,000 forecasted. This has added to optimism that the Fed is on track to bring a strong labour market and inflation under control without driving the economy into a recession.
- Fitch Ratings downgraded the US Government debt rating from AAA to a lower AA+ on Tuesday. The rating agency noted the country has a large and growing government debt burden and had suffered an ‘erosion of governance’ in the last few years. A couple of months ago, the US narrowly avoided a default (insufficient funds to make interest payments) after a last-minute deal raised the amount the US Government was allowed to borrow. However, Fitch warned that ‘increased political partisanship’ may prevent future resolutions being found.
- US CPI July data released, August 10th, 1:30pm
- US Initial Jobless Claims data released, August 10th, 1:30pm
- UK Q2 GDP data released, August 11th, 7:00am.
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