The US raised interest rates yesterday, as did China following suit. It is a very long road back to financial normality after a financial crash of the like that we had in 2008 (on average 19 years historically, so we are only just over half-way!).
However, in the UK we have a particularly dovish Bank of England Governor at the moment in Mark Carney. This week has seen wage growth pick up and the economy continue to modestly improve alongside record employment. Few commentators or even economists seem to notice that with near full-employment the days of rapid economic growth are gone - all improvements have to come from either improving productivity or investment, neither of which is easy to do in the UK economy. The days of just hiring more migrants on shit wages and declaring economic nirvana as nominal GDP rises are over - THANK BREXIT FOR THAT!
Still, the Bank of England is left with a choice today, does it raise interest rates again? The Bank will likely decide to wait another month or two to see what is happening in the economy and take a view that the awfulness of Brexit means that it should stay with very low rates.
Which is a shame because we won't get investment levels from companies up and from individuals whilst the saving rate remains so low. All we see now is the continuation of the nightmare economy where the already rich borrow very cheaply and make easy returns; whilst the small companies and business are starved of capital holding back productivity gains.
Of course, too high rates can stall the economy; food retailers and general retailers are already struggling in an easy money environment so won't cope. But the wider economy will not recover its vigour until we move back to a more 'normal' economy - its a difficult balance to achieve but the Bank of England really needs to get its Hawkish skates on to fix the economy.
UPDATE: BOE holds rates, murmurs about doing something next time, circumstances allowing etc etc.