Subjects

Economics

Explore Economics
Search

There was no change to UK base interest rates this week with the Monetary Policy Committee holding rates at 5.0% for May. Across the Channel, the hyperactive (!) European Central Bank also kept policy rates constant for what now seems like an eternity! Thank heavens the UK remains outside the Euro Zone! Whilst policy rates are at 5% for the moment, this does not mean that monetary policy is not acting as a stimulus to one or more of the components of aggregate demand (C+I+G+X-M).

The overall stance of monetary policy includes the effects of base rate movements and also changes in the external value of sterling against a basket of other currencies. So whilst interest rates have edged lower in recent months we should also take into account the major depreciation of sterling against the Euro Zone with whome we do more than half of our trade. A falling pound acts as an important stimulus to the export sector of the economy, even though the boost is muted somewhat by a slowdown in economic growth in our export markets. Will the lower pound be a white knight for the faltering UK economy?

Featured
CPD courses

Teaching Behavioural Economics at A Level

This new course supports colleagues delivering the behavioural economics teaching content for the new AQA A Level Economics specification from September 2015.

Learn more ›

Teaching & learning products

AQA Economics Year 1 (AS) Course Companion

Our AQA A Level Economics Year 1 (AS) Course Companion is the designed as a high quality and cost-effective replacement for expensive and overly complicated textbooks. The Course Companion maps precisely against the AQA specification and teaching content for Year 1 (AS) and provides students with comprehensive and concise coverage of what students really need to know and understand.

£100.00

Edexcel A2 Economics Worked Answers (2014)

Example A Grade answers to the Edexcel Unit 3 and Unit 4 exam papers sat in June 2014

£5.00

Close

Economics