In the good old days, financial and economic observers used to worship Alan Greenspan’s deliveries as if they were Moses’ Tables of the Law. Many even earned their living interpreting his messages. This has no longer been the case since the first moment Janet Yellen took office. Most acknowledge that reading the Fed minutes is tantamount to a sheer waste of time. What we want to know, and the sooner the better, is the degree of commitment the Fed will demonstrate in hiking rates and reducing the liquidity glut.
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.