Sunday, May 23, 2004

Interest rates have risen recently in the UK, with the Monetary Policy Committee apparently fearing the effects of a house price boom and bust on the overall economy. Inflation, meanwhile, remains well below the 2% target. The interest rate hike is in my view premature. Rather than ensure a soft landing for house prices, it might precipitate a crash. Holding rates constant for a while longer might have been more prudent at this time.