Bank cuts GDP forecasts as investment falls

RBI cuts repo rate in first policy review under new governor

While other major central banks have signaled they will hold off from raising borrowing costs, the BoE kept its message that gradual and limited rate rises lie ahead for Britain as long as, in just 50 days' time, a no-deal Brexit is averted.

The quarter-point reduction in the benchmark repo rate follows intense pressure late past year on the RBI to listen to government and business concerns and ease monetary policy.

Carney also stated during his press conference that under a worst case "no deal" Brexit, there would be a sudden loss of confidence in the United Kingdom among foreign investors, which could send the United Kingdom into recession. It additionally means policymakers on the central bank now count on Britain to develop at its slowest tempo because of the worldwide monetary disaster.

The gloomy growth outlook came as policymakers on the nine-strong Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously to keep rates unchanged.

Business investment will fall this year at the fastest pace in a decade as companies delay decisions and shore up their finances in the face of political uncertainty over Brexit, according to the Bank of England.

Theresa May returned from her talks with European Union leaders on Thursday empty handed, with European Union chiefs telling the prime minister that the Irish backstop was not open for renegotiation.

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The Bank's quarterly inflation report also signalled rates may not rise until the second half of 2020 as Brexit worries have seen businesses freeze spending, while it warned consumer confidence had "weakened significantly".

"In fact, he is coming next month".

The Bank of England is predicting the worst year for the economy since the recession of 2008/09 as it slashed its growth forecast for this year from 1.7 per cent to just 1.2 per cent.

Explaining the rationale for the rate cut, Das said it was "vital to act decisively and in a timely manner to address the objective of growth once price stability as defined (in RBI's inflation-targeting mandate) is achieved".

The other factor weighing on the GBP/USD was the Bank of England cutting the growth forecast for the United Kingdom economy lower in the February release of its Inflation report last Thursday.

The FXStreet Forecast Poll 1-month forecast turned neutral expecting probability of delayed Brexit may change the outlook going forward.

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The main reason the BoE thinks underlying inflation pressures will build is faster wage growth after Britain's unemployment rate hit its lowest level in more than 40 years. It was little changed at $1.2944 as of 1:36 p.m.in London.

But the bigger picture remains weak.

"Consumers and investors are both uncertain about the British economy".

Carney said that the possibility of a "no-deal" Brexit has gone up since the aftermath of the Brexit vote in 2016, when it was considered unlikely.

Government officials were quick to praise the RBI's move, while economists were more cautious, concerned that the monetary and fiscal stimulus would be inflationary.

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