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Analysts at Deutsche Bank point out that the consensus expectation is that the BoE will deliver a 25bp hike on Thursday, something that the market is currently assigning a 85% chance of happening.

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“Should they hike, which our economists expect the BoE to do albeit dovishly, then this would mark the first time since 2009 that the bank rate would be above 0.5%. It’s worth noting that the latest BoE economic projections will also be released alongside the policy decision, including new forecasts for growth and inflation.”

“It’s also expected that BoE Governor Carney will offer an updated view on the neutral rate.”

“UK’s current neutral rate is between 0.25% to 0.50% with the risk being that the BoE’s estimate is at the higher end of this range. This would translate into a nominal rate of between 1.75% to 2.50%.”