Bank of England meets expectations with 25 basis point hike

'A perfect opportunity for advisers to have a broad conversation with clients'

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The Bank of England has hiked interest rates by 25 basis points, in line with expectations from the market as it continues to struggle to lower inflation.

The bank's monetary policy committee (MPC) hiked interest rates from 4.25% to 4.5%, by a vote of seven to two, with two members voting to keep interest rates unchanged. In the MPC's report, it said that economic forecasts had improved in recent months, with UK-weighted world GDP now expected to grow "at a moderate pace" over the next few years. However, the labour market still remains tight, with unemployment projected to remain below 4% until the end of next year, the bank said. Inflation in the UK has remained stubbornly high, coming in at 10.1% in March. The MPC said this had ...

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