A tug of war between inflation and omicron

In breve

At the December policy meeting the Governing Council will have to decide about the end of the PEPP at a time when the pandemic has gathered new momentum while inflation rose to a record high of 4.9% yoy in November. the ECB’s expected annual inflation for 2022 (of currently 1.7%) will need to be revised to maybe slightly above 2% in the new macroeconomic projections.
Market Commentary

Highlights:

  • At the December 16 policy meeting we expect the ECB to further reduce its weekly PEPP purchases (to about € 12 bn/ week from € 16 bn/week since the September adjustment) and to reiterate that there will most likely be no rate hike in 2022.
  • The worsening of the pandemic situation amid a period of prolonged high inflation creates exceptionally high uncertainty on the further course of monetary policy. The ECB needs to be prepared for various contingencies.
  • In our base case we expect the PEPP total envelope of € 1.85 tr to remain unchanged and APP to continue to run at €20bn per month through 2022. The means not exhausted until March will be used to smooth the exit from monetary policy emergency flexibly until the end of next year. We continue to see the first rate hike in 2024 but acknowledge that the risks of a hike already in 2023 have increased as of late.

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A tug of war between inflation and omicron
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