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Below is a list of our U.K. Publications for the last 6 months. If you are looking for reports older than 6 months please email info@pantheonmacro.com, or contact your account rep

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20 Jan 2022 The MPC will React Immediately to December's Blowout CPI Figure

  • We are bringing forward our forecast for the next two increases in Bank Rate, following December's CPI data.
  • While food, energy and goods prices are mainly to blame for high inflation, services inflation has risen too.
  • CPI inflation, however, will fall sharply in H2 and should be below target in 2023, curtailing the hiking cycle.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

18 Jan 2022 Markets and Economy Likely to be Little Moved if Mr. Johnson is Ousted

  • The Tories now trail Labour by 10pp in the polls; a no-confidence vote in Johnson is a growing possibility.
  • Markets probably would prefer a more predictable successor who had a less combative Brexit stance...
  • ...But the gap between the Tories and Labour on economic policy has narrowed.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

14 Jan 2022 CPI inflation Likely was Stable in December, to the MPC's Relief

  • CPI inflation probably was unchanged at 5.1% in December, giving the MPC some breathing space.
  • Pick-ups in food and used car price inflation likely were offset by falls in the tobacco and clothing components.
  • The seasonal surge in plane ticket prices will boost the CPI less than usual, because its weight has shrunk.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

12 Jan 2022 The Omicron Peak has Passed, Teeing up GDP to Rebound in February

  • Omicron cases have peaked and hospital admissions will too soon, at only half their January 2021 peak.
  • We now expect Plan B rules to expire on January 26, rather than be extended for another month...
  • ...So we are revising up our forecast for quarter-on-quarter GDP growth in Q1 to 0.2%, from zero.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

11 Jan 2022 The MPC won't Match the U.S. Fed's Rate Hiking Pace This Year

  • Investors expect U.K. official rates to rise by 98bp this year, exceeding the 86bp anticipated rise in the U.S.
  • U.K. households, however, are less well-placed than those in the U.S. to withstand higher rates.
  • The MPC will switch to QT before the Fed, while membership  changes will strengthen the doves' hands.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

10 Jan 2022 Above-Consensus November GDP Data Unlikely to Spur on the MPC

  • We think that GDP increased by about 0.6% month-to-month in November, above the 0.4% consensus.
  • Easing supply-chain blockages seem to have facilitat- ed pick-ups in manufacturing and construction output.
  • Growth in services output was supported by increas- es in retail sales, transport usage and vaccinations.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

6 Jan 2022 What Would Government Energy Price Intervention Mean for Inflation

  • The default tariff energy price cap looks set to rise by 47% in April, pushing up CPI inflation to 6.2%.
  • The rise will be larger, if suppliers are immediately compensated for acquiring failed competitors' customers.
  • Removing VAT would limit the inflation peak to 6.0%; a supplier loan scheme could have a bigger impact.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

5 Jan 2022 Lower Saving Reflects Inflation Pressure, not Reviving Confidence

  • The return of monthly saving to pre-Covid levels is a sign of the real income squeeze, not surging spending.
  • The recent surge in house prices, however, is enabling refinancing homeowners to access lower interest rates.
  • Firms continued to repay external borrowing in November, but we remain upbeat on the capex outlook.

Samuel Tombs and Gabriella DickensU.K.

4 Jan 2022 Forecast Review: Q1 GDP to be no Higher than in Q4, due to Omicron

  • Consumer caution in response to Omicron points to a near-1% fall in GDP between November and January.
  • Surging energy prices have forced us to revise up our forecast for this year's peak rate of CPI inflation to 6.0%.
  • The MPC, however, likely will wait until March to hike rates again, given the large hit to activity from Omicron

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

23 Dec 2021 The U.K. Economy Still is Among the Hardest-Hit in the G7

  • Quarter-on-quarter GDP growth was revised to 1.1% in Q3, from 1.3%, due to GFCF and public spending.
  • The shortfall in U.K. GDP from its pre-Covid Q4 2019 peak still is among the biggest in the G7.
  • Omicron, on top of falling households' real incomes and Brexit, will limit GDP growth in 2022.

Gabriella DickensU.K.

17 Dec 2021 The MPC will Give the Economy Breathing Space Before Hiking Again

Markets now expect the MPC to hike Bank Rate to 0.50% in February, following today's surprise hike.

Most members, however, thought the decision was "finely balanced" and see a "modest" tightening ahead.

Omicron won't just have short-term effects if the MPC hikes again and pushes firms over the edge.

Samuel Tombs and Gabriella DickensU.K.

16 Dec 2021 Subdued Services Inflation Gives the MPC Time to Wait for Omicron

November's 5.1% CPI inflation rate was 0.6pp above the forecast made by the MPC only last month...

...But high inflation is due to surging energy and goods prices; underlying services inflation remains subdued.

We expect the headline rate to peak at 6.0% in April, but then to fall sharply, slipping below-target in 2023.

Samuel Tombs and Gabriella DickensU.K.

15 Dec 2021 Labour Market to Warrant Gradual Rate Hikes, Once Omicron Wanes

The unemployment rate continued to fall in October, despite the end of the furlough scheme.
Some full-time workers have become part-timers post-furlough, but they don't seem to want more hours.
Wage growth, however, slowed to a below-inflation rate in October; the real wage squeeze will get worse.

Samuel Tombs and Gabriella DickensU.K.

14 Dec 2021 Sterling to Continue to Slide in 2022, Hurt by the U.K.'s Covid Sensitivity

Trade-weighted sterling has fallen by about 2% since late October; bets on a further drop have intensified.
The U.K. economy is more Covid sensitive than most; the downside risk to rate expectations is greater.
Investors next year increasingly will price-in the risks of a messy outcome to the next general election.

Samuel Tombs and Gabriella DickensU.K.

13 Dec 2021 The Recovery was Fading Even Before Omicron Emerged

  • October's mere 0.1% m/m increase in GDP shows the recovery had little momentum before Omicron.
  • GDP was near its pre-Covid level only due to surging health activities; private sector GDP was 2.4% adrift.
  • A pullback in consumer services spending will depress GDP over the winter; no rate hike before March.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

10 Dec 2021 Omicron Damage Likely to Delay the First MPC Rate Hike Until March

  • The MPC likely will hold back from raising Bank Rate next week, despite several upside data surprises.
  • We are cutting our forecast for quarter-on-quarter GDP growth in Q1 to 0.3%, from 0.8%, due to Omicron.
  • The Covid situation won't be better in early February; the March meeting is a better bet for the first rate hike.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

3 Dec 2021 If Omicron Were Vaccine-Resistant, What Would the MPC do Next?

  • The MPC would ease monetary policy again in the unlikely event that another lockdown is imposed.
  • Fiscal policy would be less supportive than in previous lockdowns; new curbs would dampen inflation.
  • Negative rates are in the toolkit and are preferred to more QE; Bank Rate likely would be cut to -0.25%.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

2 Dec 2021 Could the Economy Cope Next Year with the Rate Hike Markets Expect?

  • Markets expect the MPC to hike Bank Rate by nearly 100bp next year, the most in one year since 2007.
  • Rising mortgage rates likely would subtract just 0.1pp from households' disposable incomes next year...
  • ...But house prices would flatline, so 100bp is on the limit of feasibility; Omicron brings downside risks.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

30 Nov 2021 Does October's Low Saving Signal Households' Mindset has Changed?

  • Households last month saved the least and borrowed the most for consumption since the pandemic began...
  • ...People are maintaining their spending while real incomes are falling; they aren't bingeing.
  • Firms continued to repay external finance in October, but this isn't necessarily a bad sign for investment.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

29 Nov 2021 Forecast Review: MPC Caught Between Higher Inflation and Omicron

  • Recent activity data have surprised to the upside, but the Omicron variant casts a shadow over Q1.
  • The near-term path for inflation looks much higher than a month ago, after October's above-consensus data.
  • The MPC likely will hike Bank Rate in December, but markets' expected 2022 rate path looks far too steep.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

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