| Mark Carney |
|Born||Mark Joseph Carney|
Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada
|Member of||Knights of Malta|
Governor of the Bank of England
Mark Carney is an economist and central banker. He holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship and has been Governor of the Bank of England since 2013 and was chair of the Financial Stability Board from 2011 to 2018.
Mark Carney began his career at Goldman Sachs before joining the Canadian Department of Finance. He later served as Governor of the Bank of Canada from 2008 until 2013, when he moved to his current post. His term is due to expire in January 2020.
He is one of the contenders to succeed the current managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, who is nominated to serve as the next President of the European Central Bank.
Governor Mark Carney has never been one to follow fashion – he prefers to make it. So it is not any surprise he is bucking the trend among global central banks to slash interest rates to near zero and pump vast amounts of new money into the system.
The Federal Reserve is pumping $75bn into the so-called overnight money market, which is jargon for making it cheap for banks to lend to each other. The official Federal Reserve interest rate – that sets the trend for all US interest rates – has been cut twice this year and will probably be cut again soon.
Where the Fed treads, other follow. Central banks in Japan, India, Turkey, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand have cut interest rates. So far, these actions have not reversed the decline in manufacturing – but they have prevented a deeper slump. This is especially true in Europe where the German economy is tanking because of the loss of Chinese markets.
The European Central Bank (ECB) is keeping its official short interest rate at zero. It is also printing euros to buy 20bn a month of government bonds. Result: it has driven the yield on these bonds into negative territory. In other words – and daft as it seems – investors are now paying the German government to lend to it. And not just Germany. Governments lending at negative rates include France, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and even Greece.
Carney's game plan
The Bank of England not only refuses to join in the global move to boost manufacturing, it is even considering a further restriction on car loans at a time when the UK vehicle manufacturing sector is tanking because of Brexit fears. Carney’s insouciance has provoked the ire of uber Brexiteers such as Tory MP (and rich investment advisor) John Redwood.
What is Carney’s game plan? Partly, I think, he is keeping his financial powder dry to act if there is a hard Brexit. If so, this is risky. Why not boost the economy now to reduce business uncertainty? Partly, Carney is showing the Brexiteers they will have to come to him. Theoretically, Carney is about to retire. But Boris seems in no hurry to let him go, given the crisis. If it all goes pear-shaped, Boris can then blame Carney.
My best guess is that manufacturing in the UK – unlike in America, Japan, China and Germany – is of trivial concern to the City banks that Carney represents. Mr Carney is much more concerned with defending the stability of the banking system than boosting economic growth. After all, he needs a new banking job when he finally quits Threadneedle Street.
Events Participated in
|Bilderberg/2011||9 June 2011||12 June 2011||Switzerland|
|Bilderberg/2012||31 May 2012||3 June 2012||US|
|Bilderberg/2018||7 June 2018||10 June 2018||Italy|
Hotel Torino Lingotto Congress
|The 66th Bilderberg Meeting, in Turin, Italy, known for months in advance after an unprecedented leak by the Serbian government.|
|Bilderberg/2019||30 May 2019||2 June 2019||Switzerland|
Hotel Montreux Palace
|The 67th Bilderberg Meeting|