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ECB Affirms Plan to End Bond Buys in December, Leaves Rates Unchanged
Thursday, 25 October 2018 19:00 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |Bank Sentral Eropa ECB

The European Central Bank offered no surprises on Thursday, reaffirming its plan to end the asset-buying program at the heart of its quantitative-easing strategy in December provided data shows inflation remains on track to eventually meet its target.

The ECB left interest rates unchanged and repeated that they will remain at present levels "at least through the summer of 2019." The central bank also said it intends to continue reinvesting the principal payments from maturing securities purchased under its bond-buying program for an extended period beyond the end of its purchases.

Investors will pay close attention to ECB President Mario Draghi's news conference at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, in part looking for more details on how it will proceed with reinvestments once the bond buys end.

Source : Market Watch

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