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  • Euro zone inflation pressures building but only slowly: European Central Bank chief economist Feb 03, 2020 09:03 AM IST

    Euro zone inflation pressures building but only slowly: European Central Bank chief economist

    Euro zone inflation has undershot European Central Bank's target of almost 2 percent for seven years. Some academics argue that the nature of inflation has perhaps changed, making super-low consumer price growth the new norm

  • ECB policy is not on 'autopilot': Christine Lagarde Jan 24, 2020 12:45 PM IST

    ECB policy is not on 'autopilot': Christine Lagarde

    "To think it's autopilot, that's ridiculous," Lagarde said on Bloomberg TV. "There's a forward guidance which is strong, which is setting a very clear timetable but it's fact dependent. Let's look at the facts, let's look at how the economy evolves."

  • ECB's Lagarde launches policy overhaul that will leave no stone unturned Jan 23, 2020 10:32 PM IST

    ECB's Lagarde launches policy overhaul that will leave no stone unturned

    Lagarde said that aim will now be reviewed, along with the ECB's toolkit, how it measures price growth and how it communicates with the public.

  • ECB's Lagarde warns 11 months could be tight for a Brexit deal Jan 08, 2020 10:32 PM IST

    ECB's Lagarde warns 11 months could be tight for a Brexit deal

    "The UK is due to leave the European Union on 31 January 2020. This means one less uncertainty, which is good news for investors. That said, the biggest challenge is yet to come namely the issue of reaching a trade deal between London and the EU during the 11 month transition period," she said.

  • Can fiscal policy save the economy? Many think so Dec 16, 2019 04:52 PM IST

    Can fiscal policy save the economy? Many think so

    Fiscal policy has come to centre of the macroeconomics world, which has long been dominated by monetary policy

  • Who will be the king of digital currency? Bets are off Dec 04, 2019 11:53 AM IST

    Who will be the king of digital currency? Bets are off

    From a hands-off approach to a gradual embrace, central banks are fighting a pitched battle to assert their digital monetary supremacy

  • Mario Draghi leaves Christine Lagarde to heal rift at European Central Bank Oct 29, 2019 11:36 AM IST

    Mario Draghi leaves Christine Lagarde to heal rift at European Central Bank

    The 72-year-old Italian banker is widely credited with saving the euro zone from collapse, but some critics say he also overpowered opponents and tended to front-run the bank's monetary policy in public.

  • Global Markets: Bond yields climb as ECB stimulus expectations fade Sep 10, 2019 09:25 PM IST

    Global Markets: Bond yields climb as ECB stimulus expectations fade

    Germany's 30-year benchmark bond yield briefly broke into positive territory for the first time in more than a month, while U.S. Treasury yields climbed to 18-day highs.

  • ECB package could include rate cut, tiering, new guidance: Sources Sep 03, 2019 07:20 PM IST

    ECB package could include rate cut, tiering, new guidance: Sources

    With economic growth slowing as a global trade war threatens to escalate, the ECB has all but promised to announce more stimulus after its September 12 meeting, leaving markets only to guess about the composition of the expected package.

  • Markets | What to expect from the US Fed meet and why Jul 30, 2019 12:08 PM IST

    Markets | What to expect from the US Fed meet and why

    The signs of an economic slowdown are hard to miss.

  • ECB opens door to rate cuts, more bond buys Jul 25, 2019 05:58 PM IST

    ECB opens door to rate cuts, more bond buys

    The ECB, which kept interest rates unchanged for now, said it saw rates at present or lower levels through mid-2020, giving up a previous pledge to keep rates unchanged through next June.

  • Christine Lagarde resigns as IMF chief, cites more clarity on ECB post Jul 16, 2019 08:58 PM IST

    Christine Lagarde resigns as IMF chief, cites more clarity on ECB post

    Lagarde said in a statement her resignation was effective September 12, opening the way for the IMF to choose its next leader.

  • Worried by US-China trade tensions, ECB considering new stimulus: Olli Rehn Jun 20, 2019 03:45 PM IST

    Worried by US-China trade tensions, ECB considering new stimulus: Olli Rehn

    Rehn, who is seen as a possible successor to Mario Draghi as head of the ECB, said he was "concerned" by the current economic situation in the euro zone, which is currently battling with low inflation and weak growth.

  • Markets | Global fund manager survey: if investors are the most bearish since the financial crisis, why are markets so high? Jun 19, 2019 08:59 AM IST

    Markets | Global fund manager survey: if investors are the most bearish since the financial crisis, why are markets so high?

    Central banks will once again ride to the rescue, but monetary policy impotence is an increasing risk

  • Mario Draghi's stimulus hints put ECB in Trump's crosshairs Jun 18, 2019 08:32 PM IST

    Mario Draghi's stimulus hints put ECB in Trump's crosshairs

    The problem is that with rates at record lows and the ECB's balance sheet already swelled to 4.7 trillion euros ($5.3 trillion), its remaining ammunition is limited, raising doubts about the likely effectiveness of any further measures.

  • Euro zone inflation confirmed slowing to one-year low in May: Eurostat Jun 18, 2019 03:10 PM IST

    Euro zone inflation confirmed slowing to one-year low in May: Eurostat

    Eurostat said prices in the 19-country currency bloc went up by 1.2% on the year, slowing from 1.7% in April. It was the lowest growth rate since April 2018 when inflation was also recorded at 1.2%.

  • ECB will provide more stimulus if inflation doesn't pick up, says President Mario Draghi Jun 18, 2019 01:47 PM IST

    ECB will provide more stimulus if inflation doesn't pick up, says President Mario Draghi

    He added there was still "considerable headroom" for more asset purchases and "further cuts in policy interest rates and mitigating measures to contain any side effects remain part of our tools".

  • ECB policymakers open to cut rates if growth weakens: Report Jun 09, 2019 12:50 PM IST

    ECB policymakers open to cut rates if growth weakens: Report

    The ECB said on June 6 that its interest rates would stay "at their present levels" until mid-2020 but President Mario Draghi added rate setters had started a discussion about a possible cut or fresh bond purchases to stimulate inflation.

  • ECB pushes back rate hike and offers to pay banks to lend Jun 06, 2019 07:07 PM IST

    ECB pushes back rate hike and offers to pay banks to lend

    The euro zone's central bank had previously said rates would stay at their current record-low levels until the end of this year, although investors have not been expecting any rate change for years to come.

  • Inflation tumble adds to ECB's growing list of worries Jun 04, 2019 03:30 PM IST

    Inflation tumble adds to ECB's growing list of worries

    Inflation in the 19 countries sharing the euro fell to 1.2% in May from 1.7% in April, missing expectations for 1.3% and more than reversing a one-off surge related to the timing of Easter.

  • Trade war biggest risk to financial stability, says ECB May 29, 2019 03:21 PM IST

    Trade war biggest risk to financial stability, says ECB

    Among other factors such as Brexit and weakness in emerging markets, trade tensions between Brussels, Washington and Beijing were behind a slowdown in the euro area in the second half of 2018.

  • ECB rate hike timing pushed further back again: Poll Apr 05, 2019 08:55 AM IST

    ECB rate hike timing pushed further back again: Poll

    That change comes only a few months after the central bank shut its monthly asset purchases, known as quantitative easing (QE), and March's offer of new long-term loans, or TLTROs, to start in September.

  • Euro zone inflation to rise more slowly, says ECB member Sabine Lautenschlaeger Apr 01, 2019 12:41 PM IST

    Euro zone inflation to rise more slowly, says ECB member Sabine Lautenschlaeger

    Repeating the ECB standard line on uncertainty, she added that the threat of protectionism and Brexit are also weighing on sentiment and thus on growth and inflation.

  • ECB cuts growth, inflation forecasts Mar 07, 2019 09:53 PM IST

    ECB cuts growth, inflation forecasts

    ECB President Mario Draghi said that, unusually, the central bank had not changed its assessment that risks were balanced to the downside despite the policy changes.

  • ECB still set to turn off QE taps despite cocktail of risks: Poll Oct 16, 2018 10:42 AM IST

    ECB still set to turn off QE taps despite cocktail of risks: Poll

    Having bought more than 2.6 trillion euros worth of mostly government bonds since March 2015, the ECB has been slowly trimming back its purchases, hoping it has already done enough to bolster growth and inflation.

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