Draghi Says No Stimulus in Eurozone Till Next Year, Markets Retreat

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The European Central Bank decided to postpone possible monetary easing till ‘early next year’.

MOSCOW, December 4 (Sputnik) — The European Central Bank (ECB) decided during today’s policy meeting there is no urgent need for expanding stimulus measures to a full-scale bond-buying in the Eurozone, which might be implemented in early 2015, lowering inflation and growth forecasts instead, much to investors’ displeasure.

ECB head Mario Draghi held a press-conference in Frankfurt today after the regulator’s policy meeting. The ECB Governing Council has decided, he said, to wait another month or two in order to have more macroeconomic data, allowing the regulator to evaluate the effects of the current selective stimulus measures. The full-scale stimulus might be implemented “early next year”, Draghi said. Meanwhile, the ECB acknowledged that near-deflation and an absence of growth will be the reality in the short-term. The overall macroeconomic forecast for the Eurozone has been lowered till 2016.

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The current limited stimulus will have “a sizeable impact on our balance sheet, which is intended to move towards the dimensions it had at the beginning of 2012,” Draghi said as quoted by Bloomberg.

The ECB head said the regulator is “particularly vigilant” of the fluctuations in the oil market, affecting the EU economy. According to the new ECB forecast, the Eurozone will expand 0.8% in 2014, 1% in 2015 and 1.5% in 2016. The notoriously sluggish Eurozone’ inflation will unravel at  a pace of 0.5% this year, 0.7% in 2015 and 1.3% in 2016.

“Should it become necessary to further address risks of too prolonged a period of low inflation, the Governing Council remains unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional instruments within its mandate,” Draghi said.

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These layouts explicitly indicate the ECB is not planning to undertake massive easing measures, only adjusting its policies at a gradual pace. The regulator might think challenges to the Eurozone are not acute enough to rush countering them.



The euro rose on Draghi announcements, up 0.3% today, to $1.2344.

The ECB interest rate remains unchanged ultra-low, at 0.05%. the regulator has lowered interest rate twice this year, offering cheap money liquidity to banks in order to boost lending and the overall economic activity.

The deposit rate also remains unchanged, at —0.2%, and the marginal lending rate at 0.3%.

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European stocks slid on Draghi news, as investors were largely disappointed. The Stoxx Europe 600 retreated 0.8%, FTSE 100, DAX and CAC 40 all went down by 0.54%, 0.92% and 1.63%, respectively.  The Wall Street, having just started trading session, is also in the red zone on Draghi comments with Dow Jones sliding 0.31%, S&P500 losing 0.18% and Nasdaq retreating 0.09%, Bloomberg data show.

“Markets had expected more than the ECB could deliver,” Henrik Drusebjerg of Carnegie Investment Bank AB in Copenhagen. “The ECB needs to see the effects of the current measures implemented and also assess the effect of the significantly lower oil price on the European economy.”

 Shares in the European banking sector are going down right now. Disappointed investors are selling shares as their hopes of a massive influx of cheap money into banks from the ECB turned out to be vain.

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