BoE widens asset purchases as ‘dysfunction’ threatens again


The Bank of England has again widened its support measures for the gilt market, after a resurgence of yields threatened to trigger fire sales and “dysfunction”.

Today (October 11), the BoE said it would widen its daily bond purchases to include index-linked gilts, which track inflation. The operations are designed as a further step to help ease pressures on “market intermediation capacity”, as firms sell assets to build up liquidity.

Like the other temporary interventions, the purchases are

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