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ECB Keeps Rates Unchanged, Focus Turns To Draghi Press Conference

As expected, there was no change in the ECB's three key interest rates, with the main refi, lending and deposit rates staying where they were at 0.05%, 0.30% and -0.20%, respectively.

From the press release:

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 0.05%, 0.30% and -0.20% respectively.

 

The President of the ECB will comment on the considerations underlying these decisions at a press conference starting at 14:30 CET today.

This is not a surprise. The question is whether Draghi will hint at, or outright boost, QE in 45 minutes, how much he will cut Europe's GDP and inflation outlook, and whether there will be another confetti shower.

Stay tuned