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Omicron Rattles Interest-Rate Expectations; More Chance BOE Will Hold

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Omicron Rattles Interest-Rate Expectations

0922 GMT - The discovery of the omicron Covid-19 mutation last week has upended market pricing of future interest rates globally. Fears that the new variant may derail the nascent economic recovery as governments reimpose social restrictions and travel bans have prompted investors to cut risk and piled back into safe assets, including U.K. government bonds. The setback from the new virus strain has increased the chance that Bank of England policymakers may hold interest rates in December. "Market participants will now have to be prepared for a substantially wider range of possible outcomes," UniCredit analysts say. The BOE's policy decision is due on Dec. 16. The 10-year gilt yield trades last at 0.846%, after closing last Friday at 0.815%, the lowest level since Sept. 2021, according to Tradeweb. (

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November 29, 2021 04:40 ET (09:40 GMT)

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