ECB To Pause QE During December 22 and January 1

The European Central Bank (ECB) said on Wednesday it would temporarily pause its massive bond-buying program between December 22 and January 1, resuming the purchases on January 4.

The move is “in anticipation of lower market liquidity during this period and in order to reduce possible market distortions”.

The bank, which controls monetary policy across the 19 countries that use the euro, said purchases between November 27 and December 21 would be somewhat frontloaded.This is “to take advantage of the relatively better market conditions expected during the early part of the month.”
ECB President Mario Draghi has hinted that that the bank could look to ramp up or extend its 1 trillion euro ($1.1 trillion) quantitative easing (QE) program.

At the moment, the ECB purchases 60 billion euros worth of assets each month and has committed to doing so until at least September 2016.

Its next monetary policy meeting and subsequent media conference with Draghi will take place on December 3 in Frankfurt. An announcement on expanded asset purchases is hotly anticipated and may roil markets, particularly given that the U.S. Federal Reserve is seen making a historic interest rate rise in the same month.

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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