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CashAnalytics Summary Series: ECB Economic Bulletin March 2018

John Champion - March 22, 2018
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The CashAnalytics Summary Series takes major Central Banks’ extensive reports (often well over 150 pages), and summarises them into 5 minute reads.

This release summarises the 2nd edition of the ECB Economic Bulletin for 2018, which was released on the 22nd March.

The key points covered in the report include:

  • Key ECB interest rates were unchanged and are expected to remain at present levels for “an extended period of time”.
  • The Governing council confirm the need for “an ample degree of monetary accommodation” to return inflation rates towards levels that are “below, but close to, 2%”.
  • The rate of global economic expansion strengthened in the second half of 2017, with resilient US real GDP growth.
  • Growth in the euro area was robust in Q4 2017, with real GDP rising by 0.6% quarter-on-quarter.
  • Net asset purchases are intended to continue at €30 billion per month until the end of September 2018 or beyond.

To read the summary of the ECB Economic Bulletin, please click here.