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ECB

Italian bond yields drop ahead of confidence vote
Markets

Italian bond yields drop ahead of confidence vote

  • Conte won a confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies on Monday as he clung to power after a junior partner quit the ruling coalition and triggered a political crisis.
  • Conte is likely to pass today's confidence vote with a simple majority if Italia Viva abstains as promised.
Published 19 Jan, 2021 06:47pm
ECB stands ready to offset exchange rate impact on inflation
Business & Finance

ECB stands ready to offset exchange rate impact on inflation

  • ECB policymakers have grown concerned about the exchange rate as the euro has risen to its highest level against the dollar since April 2018.
  • The ECB does not have an exchange rate target. But as (ECB President) Christine Lagarde said we are and will be very vigilant about the effects of the exchange rate on inflation.
Published 17 Dec, 2020 01:03am
Has the ECB made the wealth gap wider?
Business & Finance

Has the ECB made the wealth gap wider?

  • When it buys debt from financial institutions on secondary markets, i.e. after the debt has already been issued, the ECB and other central banks effectively lower the rate of interest that countries and companies must offer to obtain funds.
Published 06 Dec, 2020 05:47pm
Euro zone budget aid may need to be stepped up: ECB's Knot
Business & Finance

Euro zone budget aid may need to be stepped up: ECB's Knot

  • Knot, normally a conservative voice on the ECB's Governing Council and a critic of past monetary stimulus packages, said the ECB should keep borrowing costs low.
  • Fiscal policy must be in the lead," said Knot, who also sits on the European Central Bank's rate-setting Governing Council.
Updated 10 Nov, 2020 08:55pm
ECB may cut support for indebted countries in nudge towards EU loans
Business & Finance

ECB may cut support for indebted countries in nudge towards EU loans

  • The ECB promised last week to introduce more measures in December to help euro zone countries cope with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The difference between the two programmes is material and the decision will have implications for how much help the ECB might give to the bloc's most indebted countries.
Published 03 Nov, 2020 08:53pm