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26 Oct 2010

Interest Rate warning!

Official figures just released show that the economy is growing at its fastest rate for a decade. Growth over the past six months reached 2 per cent, the fastest pace of expansion over two consecutive quarters since 2000, according to the Office for National Statistics .

Economists warned that the 'good news' could be result in interest rates rising earlier than expected. Andrew Sentance, a member of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee, said "I am in favour of gradually moving interest rates up from their very low level which I think can be done without disrupting business or consumer confidence."

Interest rates have been at historically low levels since the credit crisis took hold, with the Bank of England keeping rates at 0.5 per cent since March 2009. It had been previously reported that there would be little chance of a change before the end of next year, but on the back of yesterday's strong growth figures some economists are now predicting a base rate of at least 1 per cent by the end of 2011.

As always with interest rate rises, the bad news for borrowers is good news for savers. The majority of savings accounts currently on the market fall some way short of offering customers a decent return on investment. Recently I came across a saver who had £11return on a three year bond of £3000.

David Kern, chief economist at the British Chambers of Commerce, reminded us that we have not yet seen the real impact of the Governments deficit cutting measures. True to form, the coalition are claiming the upturn as a result of their actions whilst the previous administration claim that this is as the belated result of their actions... The truth is that few people (from either party) predicted these most recent results, and at the end of the day, the economy wends its own merry way regardless of those that believe they are at the helm of national affairs.

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