Having kept rates unchanged and done nothing to signal a slowdown in money-printing malarkey, most investors eyes and ears will be glued to ECB President Lagarde's 'strategic review' and how her new-found focus on virtue-signaling climate change management will affect the European Central Bank's mandate.
As Bloomberg notes, her efforts to modernize the ECB include potentially resetting the inflation goal of “below, but close to, 2%,” studying alternative measures of price growth, and assessing its policy tools. She’s benefiting from signs that a deep manufacturing slump in the 19-nation economy is bottoming out before it causes greater harm to the labor market and consumer spending. That should allow policy makers to focus on the review, which will last most of the year and also tackle issues including financial stability, climate change and communication.
The ECB press conference is due to start 0830ET: