United Kingdom exchange traded funds are gaining momentum, but sluggishness in the Eurozone and the lack of export growth could put Britain’s economy off its game.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney acknowledged that weakness in the Eurozone could hinder the country’s export outlook and limit rebalance of the economy, reports Eshe Nelson for Bloomberg. Consequently, the Monetary Policy Committee could maintain its loose monetary policy and won’t raise rates for some time.
“If you look at the situation the U.K. is in right now, that demand is not going to come from outside our shores,” Carney said. “The euro zone has improved somewhat but is still very weak, effectively a stagnation.”
The U.K. expanded 0.8% in the last quarter, its fastest clip in more than two years, led by consumer spending, construction and stock building. [A Spot of Tea With U.K. ETFs]
“The consumer is a big part of the economy, so it’s always going to be an important component of growth but it shouldn’t be the sole component,” Carl Astorri, senior economic adviser to the EY ITEM Club, said in the article. “To get the stronger recovery that we’re forecasting for next year does rely on it broadening out.”