- New BoE chief Carney will devalue sterling, Pimco warns!
by Philip Aldrick, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
Mark Carney will try to devalue the pound by as much as 15pc after he takes over as Bank of England Governor in July in a last ditch attempt to cement the UK recovery, Pimco, the world’s largest bond house, has warned.
Growth in Britain is going to remain “challenged” for the next three to five years as the Government continues to shrink the public sector and cut the budget deficit.
As banks and households also grapple with their excessive debts, “that leaves one policy tool outstanding, which is basically the currency”, Pimco managing director and sterling bond head Mike Amey said.
George Osborne has pinned his hopes for the economy on Mr Carney, Canada’s central bank boss until the end of the week, living up to his reputation as a monetary “activist” to help ease the transition to an export-focused economy less dependant on consumer spending. Although economists reckon there is little more central banks can do, Mr Carney has insisted policy is not “maxed out”.
“I think a lot of what Mark Carney is going to do – clearly he’s not going to state this upfront – is to try and keep sterling certainly from going up and, probably, he’s going to want to see it go lower,” Mr Amey said. “On a trade weighted basis I think another 10pc to 15pc is manageable. Against the dollar we’re trading at $1.50 now. The low in 2009 was $1.37. I think that’s eminently achievable. I don’t think $1.37 is a big ask.”