German Central Banker Not in Favor of Another Round of QE

The European Central Bank (ECB) shouldn’t rush into implementing massive bond-purchase programs in the future, the head of the German central bank warned in an interview with CNBC Wednesday.

The 19-country region launched a quantitative easing package — a massive stimulus program — back in 2015 to prop up the moribund economy following the sovereign debt crisis. The active bond-buying ended in December last year, but throughout its existence there was running opposition, saying it was dragging on for too long.

“I have always argued that for me, the purchase of sovereign debt is a very special instrument,” Jens Weidmann, the president of the Bundesbank, told CNBC’s Julianna Tatelbaum Wednesday.

“Especially in the context of a monetary union, where you have one monetary policy but 19 independent fiscal policies and, the danger of communitizing fiscal debt is very different from that of the U.S. or Japan,” he added.

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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