Posts Tagged ‘ECB’

Finally, QE from the ECB

At Thursday’s press conference, Mario Draghi has announced the ECB’s QE programme, labelled Expanded Asset Purchase Programme (EAPP), which, in several aspects, surpasses the expectations fostered by the drip-drip of leaks in the days running up to the meeting. The main features are: The ECB will buy bonds issued by euro area central governments, agencies […]

ECB press conference

As expected, Mario Draghi did not announce any new measures at today’s press conference. His reaction to recent disappointing economic news had, however, been widely awaited. He clearly appeared concerned about the impact of current geopolitical risks, in particular those from the Ukrainian crisis. The euro area recovery process is likely to remain fragile and […]

Euro area: a guide to the ECB’s arsenal

Since the ECB’s last Governing Council (GC) press conference, the expectations regarding the measures to be announced on 5 June have steadily increased. On top of the unusual firm pre-commitment shown at the time, economic news since then has tended to confirm the picture of a fragile recovery, too-low inflation and depressed monetary dynamics, an […]

ECB: Mario Draghi announces action in June

The prolonged low level of inflation and the stubbornly high level of the euro seem to have finally convinced a majority of the ECB’s Governing Council (GC) to act. In a rare pre-committed statement, Mario Draghi announced yesterday that the GC is comfortable with acting in June. However, at this point we do not expect […]

Draghi speaks louder during ECB’s press conference

As expected, nothing concrete was announced yesterday. Nevertheless, Mario Draghi hinted at some interesting points, but it required reading between the lines. During the press conference the ECB president emphasised the central bank’s forward guidance. On several occasions he referred to the current low level of inflation and the risk of seeing this situation last longer: […]

Germany: Strong rebound in industrial production

After two consecutive months of decline, German industrial production, including construction, increased by 1.9% m-o-m in November, much better than consensus expectations (1.5% m-o-m) and therefore more than reversing the 1.2% m-o-m contraction in October. Nevertheless, on average (October and November) for Q4, industrial production is still 0.2% q-o-q below the Q3 average. Factory orders […]

Euro area: the Single Resolution Mechanism for the Banking Union is born

The Ecofin Council has finally reached an agreement on a general approach to a Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM) with the creation of a single decision body named the Single Resolution Board (SRB) and a Single Fund for the resolution of banks (SRF). The adoption of an SRM is a necessary element for the euro area […]

Monetary aggregates of the eurozone confirm deflationary risks

Monetary developments weakened further in October. The annual growth rate of eurozone M3 monetary aggregate decelerated by 1.4% y-o-y after posting 2.0% y-o-y in September, below the consensus expectations (1.7% y-o-y) and marking the lowest annual growth rate since October 2011. Meanwhile, loans to the private sector, which were already negative (-1.6% y-o-y) in September, […]

Central banks breeding anxiety

Measures taken by central banks and the way in which they communicate their monetary policy to the world at large in the coming weeks will have a significant bearing on the fate of the global economy. The knock-on effects on national and international economic indicators from the Fed’s statements and the PBoC’s pronouncements and actions in both May and June […]

The ECB abandons its mantra ‘to never pre-commit’

Amid rising interest rates imported from the United States and renewed tensions on sovereign debt due to the political crisis in Portugal, Mario Draghi yesterday had the difficult task of convincing the market that the ECB’s monetary policy will remain accommodative for a long period of time and that the Governing Council (GC) was still far from […]

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