Dovish Draghi Ready to Act ‘Quickly’ to Boost Inflation

The European Central Bank (ECB) stands ready to act promptly and decisively if it decides that its current policy is failing to stimulate the sluggish euro zone economy, its president Mario Draghi told the region’s bankers.

It was the second dovish speech in a week for Draghi, who continues to hint that a ramping-up of the ECB’s trillion-euro asset purchase program could be announced in December.

“At the December Governing Council meeting we will thoroughly assess the strength and persistence of the factors that are slowing the return of inflation towards 2 percent. If we conclude that the balance of risks to our medium-term price stability objective is skewed to the downside, we will act by using all the instruments available within our mandate,” Draghi said at the Frankfurt European Banking Congress on Friday morning.

“We consider the asset purchase program to be a powerful and flexible instrument, as it can be adjusted in terms of size, composition or duration to achieve a more expansionary stance…if we decide that the current trajectory of our policy is not sufficient to achieve our objective, we will do what we must to raise inflation as quickly as possible.”


Craig Erlam
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the BBC and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, FOX Business and BNN. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.