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  • Eurozone inflation tempers to 2.4% for March

    Eurozone inflation tempers to 2.4% for March

    The latest inflation numbers have prompted debate on the prospects of a June rate cut, reports Hannah Williford

  • European Central Bank maintains rates amid inflation decline

    European Central Bank maintains rates amid inflation decline

    Hannah Williford reports on the ECB’s decision to keep rates unchanged – and when cuts may begin

  • Will inflation fall enough for ‘year of the bond’?

    Will inflation fall enough for ‘year of the bond’?

    Are there longer-term risks to the seemingly benign inflation picture? If 2024 is to be the ‘year of the bond’, inflation has to fall. The assumptions around inflation have had a wobble since the start of the year, as the US CPI reading for December came in ahead of expectations, and economic growth continues to…

  • ECB keeps rates steady and reflags path to lower inflation

    ECB keeps rates steady and reflags path to lower inflation

    The European Central Bank opted to keep interest rates unchanged in an expected decision on Thursday. The rates will remain at 4.5% for main refinancing operations, 4.75% for the marginal lending facility and 4% for the deposit facility, where they have sat since September. In the monetary policy statement, the European Central Bank reiterated its…

  • ECB advises push on green transition around COP28

    ECB advises push on green transition around COP28

    Europe has to “push” the green transition forward if it wants to remain competitive on the global stage, the European Central Bank (ECB) has warned. The assertion was made in the first in a series of articles from Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, Werner Hoyer, president of the European Investment Bank,…

  • ECB holds interest rates at 4% after 10 back-to-back hikes

    ECB holds interest rates at 4% after 10 back-to-back hikes

    The European Central Bank (ECB) has decided to hold interest rates at 4%, ending a run of 10 consecutive rate hikes, writes Hannah Williford. The decision comes in the wake of struggling labour markets in Europe, along with mediocre results for household and corporate lending data. The ECB hinted when it last convened in September that…

  • Trials and tribulations of investing in European equities

    Trials and tribulations of investing in European equities

    Would a rate hike pause from the ECB be enough to improve the performance of European stockmarkets? Cherry Reynard has a closer look The European Central Bank appears odds-on to leave interest rates on hold at its October meeting, in spite of rising energy prices. Weakening labour markets, more difficult PMI data and lacklustre household…

  • EU ‘on brink of recession’ – reactions to ECB rate hike

    EU ‘on brink of recession’ – reactions to ECB rate hike

    Eurozone interest rates could remain at restrictive levels for “quite some time” – by Lauren Hardy The European Central Bank’s decision to hike rates for the 10th consecutive time today (14 September) could tip the EU “further into recessionary territory”, according to some investment professionals, who warn the bloc’s financial squeeze could intensify in Q4 2023…

  • ECB restates the case for a capital market union

    ECB restates the case for a capital market union

    Europe needs a better and more complete capital market set-up, according to the European Central Bank (ECB). In its analysis ‘Europe needs to think bigger to build its capital markets union’, the bank says the key is the creation of an “integrated European capital market”. Fabio Panetta, a member of the ECB’s executive board, argues…

  • ECB expected to turn more dovish in the Autumn

    ECB expected to turn more dovish in the Autumn

    Investors focused on what course the ECB will take after its September meeting

  • Inflation expectations lead ECB to hike rates again

    Inflation expectations lead ECB to hike rates again

    The European Central Bank (ECB) has raised its three key interest rates by 25 basis points each as it works to bring inflation under control. Announcing the move, which follows rises of the same amount in March, May and June this year, the ECB said: “While some measures show signs of easing, underlying inflation remains…

  • Recession warning follows latest ECB rate hike

    Recession warning follows latest ECB rate hike

    The ECB’s decision to raise its base rate to 3.25% has led to one financial giant warning it was “sufficient” to cause a recession. According to Anna Stupnytska, global macro economist at Fidelity International, the European economy is set to follow a similar path to that of the US after the Federal Reserve raised rates…