EUR Rises After Draghi QE Comments

The euro saw a sharp surge as Mario Draghi spoke on Thursday afternoon, with the president of the European Central Bank (ECB) discussing inflation expectations and the potential end of its asset-purchase program.

Draghi said the central bank saw signs of “unquestionable improvement” in euro zone growth and pointed to plans for policymakers to begin discussing possible changes to its quantitative easing (QE) program in the fall.

He did not set a set a time frame for the tightening of the bank’s ultra-loose monetary policy, but said that policymakers were “unanimously agreed” on opening talks after the summer recess.

The euro jumped to near-14-month-highs of $1.1571 against the dollar on Draghi’s comments, recovering losses seen in the immediate wake of the ECB’s policy decision earlier Thursday.

The single currency initially fell to $1.1479 against the greenback after the ECB unanimously voted to hold interest rates at 0.00 percent and said that it remains poised to step in and increase the “size and/or duration” of its stimulus purchase, should the economic outlook take a downturn.


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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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