BoE emergency bond purchases drop to zero

Bank of England
Daniel Hinge

The Bank of England’s purchases of longer-maturity UK government bonds fell to zero today (October 4), in a sign that market pressures may be easing.

The BoE intervened on September 28 as a cycle of margin calls and bond sales in the pension fund sector threatened to destabilise the gilt market. It said it would buy up to £5 billion ($5.7 billion) each business day until October 14 to ease short-term liquidity problems.

Though the interventions have cut yields, the majority of the effect came

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