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Investors 'could Be More Reticent' On Uk Debt

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The UK could find it harder to convince investors to buy its debt in the years ahead, the head of the office that issues the government's bonds has said.

The next couple of years could potentially be a "little more challenging" because of rising interest rates, Robert Stheeman told the BBC.

Investors may be more "reticent" to buy British debt, he suggested.

The UK's net public debt stands at £1.21 trillion, which is equivalent to 75.9% of the entire economy.

Mr Stheeman, who is chief executive of the Debt Management Office, told the BBC: "It's not so much the rate that we issue, it's more the direction and the movement of rates.

"So if you think as an investor, if you're buying debt from us ultimately and you know rates are declining, you also know that the value of your investment is rising.

There is no problem the BoE is the buyer of last resort.

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