ECB Member Sees No Risk of Rapidly Falling Prices

Euro zone inflation is not undershooting the European Central Bank’s target of just below 2 percent so much that it should use its heaviest artillery to try to boost prices, ECB Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said.

Coeure told a journalist club on Monday night that the ECB was ready to act, but that the euro zone was not edging towards a dangerous fall in prices. His comments were embargoed until Tuesday.

The ECB cut its interest rates to a record low of 0.25 percent last month after October inflation fell to an alarmingly low 0.7 percent, increasing fears the currency bloc would see a spiral of persistently falling prices.

via Reuters

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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