ECB holds a steady hand, no tapering yet
- At today’s meeting the Governing Council maintained its policy stance. Net PEPP purchases will “continue to be conducted at a significantly higher pace than during the first months of the year”.
- The growth and inflation outlook improved and – unlike the previous meetings – risks were now assessed as “broadly balanced”.
- While financing conditions were viewed as “broadly stable” the Governing Council sees risks stemming from higher yields.
- Exchange rate movements remain on the ECB’s radar screen.
- All in all, the ECB adopted a steady hand approach. Tapering was postponed and the current speed of purchases could be maintained until the PEPP regularly ends in March 2022.