ECB to Take Step Towards QE Exit

Central bankers gathered in Berlin Wednesday confirmed the European Central Bank (ECB) is set to finally discuss the end of its massive bond-buying program — something that its President Mario Draghi has so far refused to do.

Speaking at a conference, the ECB’s Chief Economist Peter Praet said the bank will discuss next week how to wind down its 30 billion euros ($35 billion) monthly-purchase program — implemented in 2015 to revive the euro zone economy following the sovereign debt crisis.

“Next week, the (ECB’s) Governing Council will have to assess whether progress so far has been sufficient to warrant a gradual unwinding of our net purchases,” Praet said about the meeting due on June 14 in Latvia.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
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 Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. 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.