Interest Rate Roundup

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Overseas central banks shift into high gear

The focus this morning in the interest rate world is on global central banks. For instance, the Bank of England just stepped up with a larger-than-expected 150 basis point cut. The move lowers the U.K.'s base rate to 3%. Economists were generally expecting a move of only 75 basis points.

Switzerland's central bank also threw its hat into the ring with a 50-point cut to 2% in its base rate. The Swiss National Bank wasn't scheduled to make any interest rate moves until its next meeting in December.

Finally, the European Central Bank lived up to market expectations by cutting rates 50 points to 3.25%.


  • Mike,

    Any thoughts about the potential of a US Treasury bond crash now that China has announces a $580 Billion Stimulus package. Consider the Potential, that China buys less US Treasuries and puts its money to work in its own economcy instead of the US economy


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 10, 2008 at 12:48 PM  

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