A Bold ECB Gets Bolder
The European Central Bank (ECB) met the market’s expectations Thursday in Mario Draghi’s swan song as the head of the central bank. The central bank cut its deposit rate by 0.1%, going further into negative territory, and restarted quantitative easing, in which it will purchase 20 billion euros in bonds monthly to help lower interest rates and inject liquidity into the financial system. The ECB also announced a tiered system to ease the pressure of negative rates on banks, exempting them from paying for the “privilege” of parking cash on some funds.
While these moves are bold, the central bank may have pas... Read more