Sunday 3 May 2015

The Bank of England 'printed' £350 billion. Who got it?

Since 2010 there has been £350 billion of 'quantitative easing' - that is, the Bank of England producing electronic money which is then used to buy bonds.

This is what wikipedia says is one of the outcomes of this policy

(while reading this, please remember that the Tories want to bring in £12billion cuts on public spending, which will result in poverty, and worsening public services) :

"According to CNBC's Robert Frank, a Bank of England report shows that its quantitative easing policies had benefited mainly the wealthy, and that 40% of those gains went to the richest 5% of British households.[96][97] Dhaval Joshi of BCA Research wrote that "QE cash ends up overwhelmingly in profits, thereby exacerbating already extreme income inequality and the consequent social tensions that arise from it".[97] Anthony Randazzo of the Reason Foundation wrote that QE "is fundamentally a regressive redistribution program that has been boosting wealth for those already engaged in the financial sector or those who already own homes, but passing little along to the rest of the economy. It is a primary driver of income inequality".[97]"