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The week kicked off with a series of ECB speeches, and markets participants were gearing up to have more updates on the Eurozone economy, interest rate and Italy. Investors were keen to see whether the ECB downplays the slowdown in the German economy and the Italian Budget risks.
We bring you a summary of the main headlines following the speeches:
ECB’s Praet Speech: Peter Praet is a member of the ECB’s Executive Board since 2011. The most captivating headlines from the latter are probably:
Praet acknowledged how the factors related to protectionism, financial market volatility and vulnerabilities in emerging markets are creating headwinds. He reiterated that the ECB policy will remain predictable and will proceed at a gradual pace. He mentioned that it would need a big change in scenarios not to abide by rate guidance.
ECB’s Nowotny Speech: Ewald Nowotny is the governor of the National Bank of Austria and member of the European Central Bank (ECB)’s governing council. Nowotny discussed the quantitative easing program and that the ending process poses little risk to financial stability. He believes that “a well-communicated exit may benefit financial health and very low rates for a long time may impair stability”.
ECB’s Coeuré Speech: Benoît Cœuré is a member of the ECB’s Executive Board. The speech was mainly focused on Growth, Europe and Togetherness. His speech captures how to reap the benefits of the Single Market. He highlighted how Europe’s East is not catching up which might question the value of the EU.
ECB’s President Draghi’s Speech: The President provided further insights into the euro area outlook and the ECB’s monetary policy.
Overall, he expressed that the ECB maintained their view that the economy was still in line with expectations. However, inflationary pressures were lower than expected which means that while bond purchases are set to end in December, the ECB will maintain significant monetary stimulus due to the moderation in recent data.
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