Increase in ECB QE underwhelming so far

The account of March’s ECB meeting showed that the decision to increase asset purchases was agreed by all members, but that some were reluctant to do much more. In practice, purchases haven’t risen very far since then. Given that the Bank could have ramped them up much further, it seems that policymakers are broadly content with the current level of yields.
Jack Allen-Reynolds Senior Europe Economist
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Rising house prices strengthen ECB hawks’ case

Euro-zone inflation would be even further above target if owner-occupied housing costs were included in the region’s headline measure. Their formal inclusion won’t take place for a few years yet, but the ECB has pledged to take them into account in the meantime. On balance, this points to slightly tighter policy. Euro-zone Drop-In: Why the ECB will be laying the groundwork for rate hikes in 2023. Join Andrew Kenningham and the Europe team for a discussion about their Q1 euro-zone Economic Outlook report on Tuesday, 1 Feb at 09:00 EST/14:00 GMT. Registration here.

25 January 2022

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German Ifo Survey (January)

The increase in the Ifo Business Climate Index (BCI) in January provides more evidence that, after contracting in late 2021, conditions have stabilised at the start of the year. With disruption from the Omicron wave likely to ease in the coming weeks, we think German GDP will increase in Q1. Euro-zone Drop-In: Why the ECB will be laying the groundwork for rate hikes in 2023. Join Andrew Kenningham and the Europe team for a discussion about their Q1 euro-zone Economic Outlook report on Tuesday, 1 Feb at 09:00 EST/14:00 GMT. Registration here.

25 January 2022

European Data Response

Euro-zone Flash PMIs (Jan.)

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The further strengthening of the euro-zone Composite PMI to a 15-year high in June underlines that the economy is rebounding quickly. Alongside this recovery, price pressures are continuing to build. But we still think that they will fade in 2022.

23 June 2021

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