US CPI lower than expected at 5% – could allow “Bank of England to start reversing recent rate hikes” – reaction

by | Apr 12, 2023

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Following the US inflation data published earlier, free PR platform Newspage, has collected the thoughts of brokers and advisers and has shared them with IFA Magazine.

Rob Gill, managing director at mortgage broker Altura Mortgage Finance“The saying, ‘When the US sneezes, the UK catches a cold’ has long illustrated the close links between both economies and how, where the US leads, the UK tends to follow. This significant fall in US inflation should therefore translate to our side of the pond before long, in turn allowing the Bank of England to start reversing recent rate hikes.”

Philip Dragoumis, owner of London-based wealth manager, Thera Wealth Management“Inflation is a 2022 story and not just in the US but also in the UK and Europe. Interest rates have been hiked so much that banks are going bust. The issue now is growth, or rather the lack of it. All the indicators are pointing to growth slowing and even a possible recession. The central banks can either start acknowledging this now, or just make it worse by continuing to hike.”

Ross Lacey, director at Rayleigh-based Fairview Financial Management: “Inflation is the silent killer when it comes to protecting purchasing power. Any news of lower-than-expected inflation should be well received, contributing to more optimistic sentiment among businesses and consumers alike. It is also a positive for equity markets.”


Bradley Lay, a small business adviser and wealth expert at Bradley Lay: “The latest US inflation data is encouraging news. With the CPI increasing only 5% over the past year, the Federal Reserve may hold off on any rate hikes, creating a more stable economic environment. This could have a positive impact on the Bank of England’s next rate decision and could potentially provide a boost to the UK mortgage and property market. Additionally, equity markets may experience increased investor confidence as the threat of rising interest rates diminishes.”

Chris Barry, director at Gloucester-based conveyancer, Thomas Legal: “The latest US inflation data makes for positive and promising reading. The Fed is more likely to ease rate hikes, meaning we should start to see a period of rate stability over the coming months, possibly followed by gradual reductions. The UK has historically followed the US closely so this latest CPI print should provide the UK housing market with some much-needed confidence.”

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