The account of a July 20 meeting shows caution by the ECB about how quickly to signal to investors that they would ease off their bond-buying stimulus program
The headquarters of the European Central Bank is seen through flowers in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. The ECB will have its governing council meeting on Thursday.(AP Photo/Michael Probst), photo: AP/Michael Probst
17 of August 2017 12:50:26
FRANKFURT – The European Central Bank's (ECB) policymakers are still concerned that inflation in the 19-nation eurozone is too low despite an improving economy and seem worried about the strength of the shared euro currency, their last meeting shows.The account of the July 20 meeting, published Thursday, shows the rate-setters noted that market investors seemed overly aggressive in thinking the bank would wind down its stimulus program soon. That was reflected in the value of the euro, which has risen in recent weeks on expectations that the ECB would gradually move away from its ultra-low rates monetary policy.Although the eurozone economy is growing at a strong pace, inflation is only at an annual rate of 1.3 percent, well below the 2 percent target that the ECB considers most suitable for a healthy economy.The meeting's account says "concerns were expressed about a possible overshooting" in expectations among investors, especially in currency markets, about how soon the ECB would let market interest rates rise.