ECB Keeps Rates Unchanged, As Expected
Unlike last month's surprising rate cut which caught about 95% of forecasters wrong-footed, today the ECB proceeded as expected, and did not cut rates, keeping the MRO rate at 0.25%, the Interest Rate at 0.75%, and the Deposit rate at 0.00%. 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 0.25%, 0.75% 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.
Now all eyes on Draghi at the press conference in 45 minutes, where Draghi is expected to lower his assessment of European growth once more, and potentially announce some additional non-standard measures.
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