ECB’s Lane says present lockdown will result in financial acitivy drop, however not as sever as earlier within the 12 months


European Central Financial institution chief economist and board member interview with French media, Les Echos 

  • In comparison with the lockdown in spring, these measures are much less harsh. 
  • So the affect is more likely to be much less extreme this time. Nonetheless, the scenario can change very quick, from sooner or later to the subsequent. This makes it extraordinarily troublesome to make any exact estimates of the affect. What does appear sure, nevertheless, is that the scenario is not going to materially enhance within the final weeks of 2020.
  • Till the vaccine is totally rolled out we stay in a interval of uncertainty.
  • We do not assume we’re on the decrease sure; we do assume there’s room for additional cuts sooner or later. That is why we proceed to say that we anticipate charges to be at their present or decrease ranges till inflation has returned robustly to the place we would like it to be. We nonetheless consider decreasing rates of interest is a viable possibility. However we’ve to resolve which devices are presently the best. To date, we have been indicating that the pandemic emergency buy programme (PEPP) and the focused longer-term refinancing operations (TLTROs) have been very efficient.

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European Central Bank chief economist and board member interview with French media, Les Echos 

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