ECB Archive

Draghi: “For all practical purposes, we have reached the lower bound today”

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Draghi on the euro

Draghi says a stronger euro would trigger looser ECB policy (Reuters) Except by my calculations he has it backwards, as lower rates make a currency like the euro stronger, not weaker, via the interest income channels, etc. ECB President Mario Draghi said that euro appreciation over the last year was an important ...Read More

Comments on Stanlely Fisher’s ‘Lessons from Crises, 1985-2014′

Lessons from Crises, 1985-2014 Stanley Fischer[1] It is both an honor and a pleasure to receive this years SIEPR Prize. Let me list the reasons. First, the prize, awarded for lifetime contributions to economic policy, was started by George Shultz. I got my start in serious policy work in 1984-85, as a ...Read More

ECB proposals to buy loans to households and companies

This is highly problematic. If the ECB takes the risk, there is extreme moral hazard. If they don’t, lending won’t likely increase: ECB poised for battle to ward off deflation January 26 (FT) — Mario Draghi has signalled that he would be prepared for the ECB fight deflation in Europe by buying ...Read More

More on EU Private Sector Credit Expansion

ECB Says Bank Loans to Private Sector Shrink Most on Record By Jeff Black July 25 (BN) — Lending to companies and households in the 17-member euro area fell the most on record in June in a sign the region is still struggling to shake off its longest-ever recession. Loans to the ...Read More

Draghi – “OMT is meant to keep sovereign yields just under panic levels”

‘OMTs are designed to keep government bond yields just below ‘panic’ levels, as previously defined, not to bring them down to levels that would somehow help government solvency.’ Strengthening financial resilience ...Read More

placebo’s doing their thing

As previously discussed, financial placebos like QE do cause market participants to alter behavior out of either a misunderstanding of the actual fundamentals, or in anticipation of reactions by others presumed to be misinformed. And while the effects of these activities get reversed, however sometimes the effects are more lasting. And there ...Read More

Market Watch

Radical fixes needed to make the euro work Commentary: Warren Mosler has a plan but no takers By Darrell Delamaide May 8 (MarketWatch) — If youre ever tempted to think the euro zone has turned the corner and is on the right track, go have a chat with Warren Mosler and hell ...Read More


If anyone can get a message to him, please tell him that, functionally, negative rates are just a tax on deposits that ultimately reduces spending/output/employment, much like the PSI did in Greece and whatever you want to call the ‘deposit confiscation tax’ in Cypress. >    >   (email exchange) >    >   This is a bit ...Read More

Germany’s Ifo Drops in April, Raising Odds of ECB Cut

And a rate cut only makes it worse, as per the interest income channels: Germany’s Ifo Drops in April, Raising Odds of ECB Cut April 24 (Bloomberg) — Germany’s Ifo index dropped in April, in a further sign that Europe’s largest economy is slowing. The business climate reading came in at 104.4 ...Read More