ECB Stuns Markets, Announces Tapering Of Bond Purchases To €60 Billion
"That Reuters trial balloon was right.
In an unexpected, to the conesnsus, announcement, Mario Draghi turned hawkish after all, and while the ECB kept all rates unchanged, it announced that it would effectively taper its bond purchases from €80 billion to €60 billion starting in April 2017 until the end of the year: "From April 2017, the net asset purchases are intended to continue at a monthly pace of €60 billion until the end of December 2017,or beyond, if necessary, and in any case until the Governing Council sees a sustained adjustment in the path of inflation consistent with its inflation aim."
However, the ECB hedged, and also added that "if the outlook becomes less favourable or if financial conditions become inconsistent with further progress towards a sustained adjustment of the path of inflation, the Governing Council intends to increase the programme in terms of size and/or duration."
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