ECB Minutes Show Policymakers Considering Fresh Stimulus, EURUSD Holds Steady
ECB Talking Points
- ECB Minutes Show policymakers had a downbeat view on Eurozone economy in light of soft data.
- ECB requested swift analysis on fresh stimulus, however, warned against hasty action.
- Euro little changed following release
ECB Considering Fresh Stimulus Amid Concerns over Slowdown
The ECB meeting minutes showed that policymakers took a more cautious view on the Eurozone economy given the persistently soft economic data. As such, the central bank has asked for swift analysis on the benefits of TLTROs, however, does warn against hasty action. Alongside this, the ECB showed concerns over continued weakness which could weigh on inflation expectations.
Interest Rate Guidance
The ECB had also acknowledged that while data had been weaker than expected, financial conditions had been eased by markets shifting expectations for ECB rate lift-off. As it stands, money markets are now pricing in a 43% likelihood of a 10bps hike by the year-end.
Source: Refinitiv. ECB Rate Expectations.
Minimal price action observed with the Euro following the release of the ECB minutes, given that the release has provided little in the way of new information amid the plethora of ECB commentary since the rate decision.
EURUSD PRICE CHART: 1-Minutes Time Frame (Intra-day)
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