ECB Keeps Rates Unchanged
As was largely expected by the sell-side, the ECB kas kept all three key rates unchanged, just like the BOE 45 minutes earlier. From the ECB:
At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.75%, 1.50% and 0.00% respectively.
The President of the ECB will comment on the considerations underlying these decisions at a press conference starting at 2.30 p.m. CET today.
It is expected that Draghi will tone down his expectations at the press conference in 45 minutes, although what actual steps he will take as opposed to just talking even more, is unclear. As for JPM, which was alone among those calling for a rate cut, it will promptly pull reality's margin and bankrupt the real world, leading to a new, better one, in which JPM is the only surviving entity, allowing the bank to buy and sell any assets it wishes to/from itself, in the process sending the DJIA to that much desired 100,000E10, even as gas/oil prices tumble to negative.
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