David Hernandez, CFA
Late last week the European Central bank (ECB) announced an end to its quantitative easing (QE) program. Over the last three years the ECB purchased 2.4 trillion euros in bonds to help boost the region’s economy. In October of this year the monthly bond purchases will be halved to 15B euro and move to zero at the end of the year. The ECB balanced this hawkish move with a commitment to keep interest rates at current levels at least through the summer of 2019. In addition, the ECB will continue to reinvest its proceeds from current bond holdings for “an extended period of time.”
The ECB’s actions signal confidence in the economic recovery and provide a timeline for markets to adjust. Despite the end of QE, policies remain accommodative and low borrowing costs should persist into the near future. The central bank remains ready to step in should the region’s economy need further support, but has taken the first steps towards a more normal monetary policy.
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