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MNI BRIEF: BOE Pill Makes Case For Gradualism In Hiking Rates

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Bank of England Chief Economist Huw Pill on Friday warned against large rate hikes, advocating instead for tightening through a string of smaller increases. The Bank's Monetary Policy Committee made its fourth successive 25 basis point hike Thursday.

Pill, speaking at a BOE agents event, said that if the policy rate was hiked more than 50 basis points in one go the risk would be that "that monetary policy itself becomes a source of some volatility." He said that the MPC was agreed that it should "not make overly aggressive .. moves but rather have a smoother and more sustained and resolute and purposeful approach to policy".

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Bank of England Chief Economist Huw Pill on Friday warned against large rate hikes, advocating instead for tightening through a string of smaller increases. The Bank's Monetary Policy Committee made its fourth successive 25 basis point hike Thursday.

Pill, speaking at a BOE agents event, said that if the policy rate was hiked more than 50 basis points in one go the risk would be that "that monetary policy itself becomes a source of some volatility." He said that the MPC was agreed that it should "not make overly aggressive .. moves but rather have a smoother and more sustained and resolute and purposeful approach to policy".

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