UK government backs off tax cuts, stock market tumbles to 18-month nadir

2022-10-03 09:47:45 GMT (Economies.com)
UK government backs off tax cuts, stock market tumbles to 18-month nadir

UK government led by Liz Truss backed off quickly on Monday from its highest-income tax cuts plans after widespread popular criticism and great upheaval in the financial markets. 

 

Such an important change to the massive financial stimulus plans by the UK government had a quick impact on London's stock markets, with the Financial Times index falling to 18-month lows.

 

The new plans already caused a huge shakedown in global markets with the pound tumbling to record lows against dollar, while UK 10-year treasury yields rose to 14-year highs. 

 

Government Backing Down

 

UK Treasury minister Kwasi Kwarteng said the government will back off plans to cut the highest-income bracket taxes valued at 45%.

 

He asserted the government's plan to push UK economy to growth remains solid despite latest modifications, while noting the government is coming up with a new more detailed plan by November. 

 

Bank of England

 

After the spike in UK 10-year treasury yields to 14-year highs and the collapse of the pound, the Bank of England was forced to intervene and launch emergency operations to repurchase bonds and stabilize the market. 

 

BoE bought over a billion pounds worth of government bonds on September 28, and asserted its commitment to keep buying up officials bonds until October 14 as needed. 

 

Such immediate intervention tanked long-term treasury yields in the UK, and also tanked US 10-year treasury yields, in turn boosting the pound against dollar.

 

The BoE also said it's ready to purchase over 20-year traditional bonds in secondary markets with rates that might reach 5 billion pounds initially for each auction.

 

UK Stocks

 

The Financial Times index fell 1.4% today to 6,797, the lowest since April 2021 amid a heavy selloff and risk aversion.

 

Such losses came about amid renewed concerns about UK economic performance following the latest revisions to Liz Triss's budget plans. 

 
 
 
  Symbol Last Change Chg.%
1.0515
-0.0075
0.7112%
1.2202
-0.0104
0.8433%
22.518
-0.639
2.759%
76.865
-4.610
5.658%
81.87
-0.62
0.75%
1778.515
-17.045
0.949%
 
 
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