ECB And Draghi Keep Rates At Zero, Downgrades 2018 Inflation To 1.2% (To Infinity … And Beyond!)

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The European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi is mimicking Buzz Lightyear from Pixar’s Toy Story: “To Infinity and Beyond!” That is, Draghi announced today that the ECB is keeping their key rates at 0%, 0.25% and -0.40%.

At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.00%, 0.25% and -0.40% respectively. The Governing Council expects the key ECB interest rates to remain at their present levels for an extended period of time, and well past the horizon of the net asset purchases.

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And like the US, the measured inflation rate in the Gyrozone is forecast to be 1.2% in 2018 and 1.5% in 2019.

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Of course, “Super Mario” thinks everything is beautiful in the European Zone. Although of the big three (Germany, UK and France), only Germany has YoY GDP growth of over 2%.

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The good news? The number of EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) countries with negative 2 year sovereign yields stayed at 19.

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Or as Mario Draghi says, “To infinity … and beyond!” for ECB monetary policy.

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