Statement on today’s meeting of the Council of the European Central Bank (ECB), October 20, 2016


The ECB decision bears no major surprises. Draghi did not contradict market expectations of an extension of the QE program to be announced in December. Such an extension has thus become even more likely. I do not expect a reduction in the monthly purchases by the ECB. Such a step would disappoint market expectations and could trigger undesired market reactions. The latest economic news are not encouraging and give little cause for a fundamental change in monetary policy.

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Marcel Fratzscher

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Marcel Fratzscher ist Präsident des Deutschen Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW Berlin) und Professor für Makroökonomie und Finanzen an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. / Marcel Fratzscher is President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and Professor of Macroeconomics and Finance at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

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