The European Central Bank's (ECB) Governing Council noted that near-term price pressures were expected to remain subdued, the ECB's September Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts showed on Thursday. Key takeaways as summarized by Reuters: "Recovery was asymmetric, being further advanced in the manufacturing sector than in the services sector."
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The ECB needs to maintain its ample stimulus to reach its goals, Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday, as reported by Reuters. Lagarde further added that the ECB should guard against premature withdrawal of stimulus and noted that she sees a risk of more divergence in the euro area after the coronavirus crisis.
Reuters reported that the European Central Bank vice president Luis de Guindos said. The ECB does not target the euro exchange rate in its policy, but it is an important variable and the bank monitors it when assessing the effects on price stability.
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SEPTEMBER MEETING REVIEW
"We do not target the FX rate" – Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank. These words, alongside a headline saying the ECB prefers to remain calm on the exchange rate, sent EUR/USD toward 1.19. It is uncommon for a central bank to comment on FX – but investors were eyeing such remarks following previous murmurings about the value of the euro.
At its monetary policy meeting held on September10th, the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to leave the interest rates on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility unchanged at 0.00%, 0.25% and -0.50%, respectively, as expected.
JULY MEETING REVIEW
Lagarde has picked the low-hanging fruit – and now needs her political skills to poke policymakers on the fiscal front – without scaring markets, a fine balancing act. The European Central Bank is set to leave its policy unchanged in its July meeting. The Frankfurt-based institution is set to take a break after topping up its Pandemic Emergency Purchase Program (PEPP) with €600 billion in June. This bond-buying scheme – which has fewer constraints than previous ones – now totals €1.35 trillion.
JUNE MEETING REVIEW
One-two punch – in favor of the euro. Less than 24 hours have passed since German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a €130 billion stimulus plan, and in Frankfurt, on the other side of Europe's largest economy, another stimulus boost came. The European Central Bank has announced an increase of €600 billion to its Pandemic Emergency Purchase Program (PEPP), and it now reaches €1.35 trillion.
The European Central Bank brought its bond purchase program limit t €1.3 trillion in an effort to help member states cope with the expense of rebuilding their economies after the coronavirus pandemic. Citing the downward pressure on inflation and the bank stated, “The PEPP expansion will further ease the general monetary policy stance, supporting funding conditions in the real economy, especially for businesses and households.” Interest rate unchanged at 0.0%, deposit at -0.5%.
April MEETING REVIEW
The European Central Bank has had its say – by leaving the bond-buying program unchanged, far from what is needed. The ECB has disappointed investors and the euro may suffer. The Frankfurt-based institution left the PEPP bond-buying scheme unchanged at €750 billion and only said it is ready to increase it and let it run through the year-end. That is insufficient amid the rapid pace of deploying funds and the gravity of the situation, as data has shown.
The European Central Bank kept its main interest rates unchanged -0.0% as widely expected but in a small surprise declined to increase its bond buying program, putting the decision off until at least the June 4 meeting. There had been modest market anticipation that to help eurozone governments with the skyrocketing economic cost of the Coronavirus outbreak the bank would increase the limits of its pandemic emergency purchase program (PEPP).