ECB To Hold Policy Intact Comment on Political Stability

The European Central Bank is set to stick to its policy course on Wednesday while keeping a wary eye on stumbling blocks to the euro zone’s nascent recovery.

Fresh political turmoil in Italy after former premier Silvio Berlusconi told his ministers to quit the coalition government could cause jitters beyond Italian shores, particularly if early elections are required.

ECB chief Mario Draghi last week raised the possibility of action if market interest rates push too high for comfort, saying the banking system could again be primed with long-term loans if necessary.

But Wednesday’s Governing Council meeting in Paris – one of two meetings theECB holds outside of Frankfurt each year – is unlikely to see it delve back into its policy toolbox, not least because the U.S. Federal Reserve has eased the pressure to act.

via CNBC

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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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