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UK finance minister seeks to stem bond rout by rushing forward tax plan

UK finance minister seeks to stem bond rout by rushing forward tax plan

A new British Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt will announce tax and spending plans this the 17th of October (Oct 17) 2 weeks before planned in his bid to reverse a devastating drop in confidence of investors in the government of Liz Truss, the Prime Minister.

In the process of rewriting Truss's economic plan since the day he took over from dismissed Kwasi Kwarteng last the Friday, Hunt is expected to issue a statement at 11.30am (10am GMT, 6pm Singapore time) to attempt to end the market turmoil that has been raging since the government announced massive tax cuts that were not funded on September 23.

Sterling rose by around 0.8 percent against the dollar during trade in Asia. A few lawmakers from the government's Conservative Party - agitating to remove Truss out of office declared it was now obvious that Hunt had taken the power over the state.

The chancellor is expected to make an announcement later today and will announce initiatives taken from the Medium-Term Fiscal Plan that will help to ensure the sustainability of fiscal policy, the finance ministry stated in an unannounced statement that was released at around 6 a.m. He will also issue an address at the House of Commons this afternoon,told by best online casino malaysia.

Truss, the fourth premier in the span of six years was elected in the last month by his party members who voted to shake the economy from years of stagnant growth through cutting down on taxes and regulations. The markets were ablaze and hammered the value of the pound as well as the price of bonds issued by government, forcing Truss to dismiss her finance minister, and then appoint Hunt to revert the course.


Hunt was a guest of Truss at the weekend, is now expected to end the vast majority of tax cuts and lay out plans to cut spending in order to reduce the gap in the public finances, which according to the Sunday Times reported was as huge at 72 billion pounds (US$81 billion).

Strong start for Jeremy Hunt as chancellor," Mel Stride, a lawmaker in the main opposition Conservative Party who chairs parliament's Treasury Committee, said on Twitter. Message is 'we know what's required to be completed and we're getting it sorted'.

A veteran Conservative politician Roger Gale said the power in Downing Street now lay with Number 11 which is the residence of the chancellor, not Truss's number 10. "I believe Jeremy Hunt is de facto prime minister," he told BBC Radio. Hunt will announce a comprehensive mid-term fiscal plan on October 31, along with predictions from an Independent Office for Budget Responsibility, the Treasury stated.

He was able to meet Bank of England (BoE) Governor Andrew Bailey and the head of Britain's Debt Management Office late on Sunday evening to discuss his plans according to the Treasury announced. Hunt was granted a tiny assurance early on Monday morning when the long-dated British government bond prices soared in the first day of trading without the backing of the BoE's emergency bond buying program that ended on Friday.

Yields on 20 and 30-year gilts dropped by 23 basis points when the markets started at 8am, turning around the dramatic rises that occurred last Friday, after a speech by Truss did not provide investors with a sense of security about the fiscal plan of the government. The Bank declared on Monday its intervention has led to an important increase in resilience of the industry.