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How will quantitative tightening affect the UK economy?

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In this Insights In Focus episode, we explore the Bank of England’s recent policy switch from quantitative easing to quantitative tightening.

The Bank of England has been supporting the UK economy by buying government bonds since 2009. The policy has been a stabilising force through successive economic shocks: the global financial crisis, the euro crisis, the Brexit vote and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, the Bank of England is on a mission to reduce inflation, raising interest rates and beginning to sell the £895bn of government bonds that sit on its balance sheet. But how much should be sold and how soon?

Host Philippa Lamb discusses the role that QE has played within the economy, and the process of quantitative tightening, with Reuben Wales, ICAEW Head of Financial Services; Martin Wheatcroft, external adviser on public finances to ICAEW; and Michael Saunders, economist and member of the Monetary Policy Committee from 2016 until very recently.



Philippa Lamb


  • Michael Saunders, Monetary Policy Committee member, 2016-2022
  • Reuben Wales, ICAEW Head of Financial Services
  • Martin Wheatcroft, external adviser on public finances to ICAEW


Natalie Chisholm

Episode first published: 30 November 2022

Podcast recorded: 23 November 2022

All views expressed on this podcast are those of the contributors and don’t necessarily reflect those of ICAEW or its members.