ECB Easing?

Words, Not Deeds – For Now

Mario Draghi Red Circle Reuters
All eyes on Draghi.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The ECB is expected to expand its bond-buying program, but not until December. ECB President Draghi hinted that the central bank will take additional steps in the coming months.

  • Facts


    • The ECB’s Governing Council met in Malta Thursday and refrained from stepping up its bond-buying program for now. But it may do before the end of the year.
    • Euro zone inflation has moved further away from the ECB’s medium-term goal of just under 2 percent and was at minus 0.1 percent in September.
    • The ECB faces conflicting data: While inflation is down, this week’s ECB lending survey showed credit standards for euro-zone companies eased more than expected in the third quarter of 2015.
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