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Seven reasons why the Bank of England might NOT raise interest rates this week

Paul RaynerIn the week that anticipates the most important monetary policy event of the year, Paul Rayner, Head of Government Bonds at Royal London Asset Management, shares seven reasons why he believes the Bank of England might NOT raise interest rates this week.

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