”Bank of England chief accuses G20 of failing to reform to boost growth”
”Mark Carney rejects idea that central bankers have ‘used all ammunition’ against downturn but says system remains strong”
”Bank of England boss Mark Carney has accused the G20 of failing to adopt measures to boost global growth as he defended central banks and their power to play a role in stimulating economic growth following attacks from critics who say they have run out of ammunition.
He said: “Several commentators are peddling the myth that monetary policy is ‘out of ammunition’. This is wrong, but the widespread absence of global price pressures demands that our firepower be well aimed.”
The Bank of Japan recently joined the European Central Bank, the Danish central bank, the Swedish Riksbank and the Swiss National Bank in cutting rates to below zero to rescue their economies from deflation and the prospect of recession.
The Federal Reserve raised interest rates in December to calm what it thought was a strongly growing US economy, but a string of poor economic figures since then has put pressure on Janet Yellen, the Fed chair, to reverse the policy at the central bank’s next meeting in March.
Carney has hinted that he is prepared to cut the base rate from 0.5%, but has ruled out following the trend for negative rates, saying it would damage the stability of UK banks and building societies…….”