The Bank of England on Monday said it is monitoring financial market developments “very closely” after a dramatic morning of market turmoil sent the British pound to an all-time low against the U.S. dollar.
Sterling shed as much as 4.8% to trade below $1.04 in the early hours of Monday morning, extending losses from late last week when Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng outlined the new U.K. government’s so-called “mini-budget.”
The U.K. currency has slightly recovered, trading 1.5% lower at $1.0695, as analysts predict the Bank of England may need to hike interest rates more aggressively.
“The Bank is monitoring developments in financial markets very closely in light of the significant repricing of financial assets,” Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said in a statement.
“The role of monetary policy is to ensure that demand does not get ahead of supply in a way that leads to more inflation over the medium term,” Bailey said.
The BOE governor said the central bank’s monetary policy committee would make a “full assessment” at its next scheduled meeting in November “and act accordingly.”