ECB’s extension 2017

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ECB’s Caution Will Support Europe’s Recovery, But Needs Fed’s Decision

Most investors had priced in a bold increase in monthly purchases by the ECB under its QE programme. No wonder they showed utter dismay when confronted with a mere extension of the scheme until March 2017 plus pledges to buy sound local authorities’ issues. The slight reduction in the current negative rate imposed on overnight money placed by credit institutions in the central bank did little to raise market sentiment.