LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–February 7, 2022– Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE), a leading global provider of market data, technology and infrastructure, today announced that futures and options on the ICE SONIA Index, the benchmark contract to manage sterling interest rate risk hit a record single-day volume of 916,964 contracts on February 3,Read More →

Yesterday, the Bank of England raised interest rates for the second time in three months, to 0.5% from 0.25%. The decision came as the Bank warns that rising energy bills could push inflation to more than 7% by April. Warning that families face the biggest drop in their disposable incomeRead More →

The yield on German 10-year government bonds moved into positive territory on Wednesday for the first time since 2019 according to the latest indications, the markets are not convinced that the ECB can maintain its position “lower for longer” on the interest rate. Continued inflationary pressures are undermining central bankRead More →

After much speculation, the central bank voted in December to raise the base rate to 0.25%, after holding back on fears over the strength of the jobs market. Any remaining labor market concerns were dismissed this morning, with data from the Office for National Statistics showing employment continuing to rise.Read More →

However, this highlights a lingering paradox regarding mortgages and the housing market. Controls on high-risk loans introduced after the financial crisis may have improved financial stability, but they also disadvantaged potential first-time buyers in favor of existing borrowers with equity capital. Access to credit has become a source of inequalities,Read More →

However, this highlights a lingering paradox regarding mortgages and the housing market. Controls on high-risk loans introduced after the financial crisis may have improved financial stability, but they also disadvantaged potential first-time buyers in favor of existing borrowers with equity capital. Access to credit has become a source of inequalities,Read More →

Following the Bank of England’s (BoE) interest rate hike from 0.1% to 0.25%, many industry figures quickly reacted to the news. The Monetary Policy Committee voted eight to one to increase the rate following increased pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Kate Davies, executive director of IMLA, said theRead More →

Bank of England chief economist Huw Pill said the UK central bank will have to make a “live” decision on interest rates at an upcoming meeting in November. However, Mr Pill added that an upcoming interest rate hike would be “finely balanced”. Mr Pill also raised the possibility of sharpRead More →

Britain’s short-term cost of borrowing hit its highest level in nearly two and a half years, as the City’s prices in a UK interest rate soon rise. The yield, or interest rate, on UK two-year gilts hit their highest level since May 2019 this morning. Two-year gilt yields hit 0.75%,Read More →

Lord Heseltine, who served as Margaret Thatcher’s deputy prime minister, warned Britain was heading for a “wicked” interest rate hike. Speaking to Sky News this morning, he said if he were chancellor, “I would be extremely worried.” The Conservative Party stalwart warned that a series of economic crises would comeRead More →

A new Yorkshire Building Society mortgage offers homebuyers an interest rate of just 0.78%, the best in the market, as the cost of borrowing to buy a home continues to hit record highs. The two-year fixed deal, which is also available for remortgage, is a tracker – meaning borrowers wouldRead More →