Nov 3, 2022 • 16M

Why 75 being the new 50 may not be a good thing

Bank of England follows Fed and ECB in hiking rates 75 bps rather than 50 bps; RBNZ also seen going up 75 bps on Nov 23 as central bankers scramble to regain inflation fighting credibility

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TLDR: The Bank of England jumped on the 75 basis point rate hike bandwagon last night. Our Reserve Bank looks set to do the same on November 23. But they and others might be overdoing it, which would make the next couple of years tougher than they need to be.

The trouble is central bankers are still looking over their shoulders and at the crowds demanding they win back their inflation-fighting cred, rather than over the horizon where today’s rate hikes actually take effect.

Brace yourselves: Britain is heading into one of its longest recession since World War II, warned the Bank of England as governor Andrew Bailey announced the biggest increase interest rate hike in three decades. (Photo: Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

Elsewhere in the news here and overseas this morning:

  • Imran Khan was shot in the leg in an apparent assassination attempt;

  • 2degrees is entering the electricity market and wants big telco-style reforms to the market; and,

  • A poll shows National is set to win the Hamilton West by-election on December 10.

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