Author Archives: Mario Urlic

ECB leaves key rates on hold and announces QE to end by the end of 2018

At today’s meeting, which was held in Riga, the Governing Council of the ECB undertook a careful review of the progress towards a sustained adjustment in the path of inflation, also taking into account the latest Eurosystem staff macroeconomic projections, measures of price and wage pressures, and uncertainties surrounding the inflation outlook. Based on this review the Governing Council made

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FED raises interest rates and signals 2 more in 2018

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday and signaled that 2 additional increases were on the way fin 2018, as officials expressed confidence that the United States economy was strong enough for borrowing costs to rise without choking off economic growth. The Fed’s raises benchmark rate today to a range of 1.75 to 2 percent. The last time the

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FOMC holds interest rates in range of 1.50%-1.75%

Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in March indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a moderate rate. Job gains have been strong, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has stayed low. Recent data suggest that growth of household

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ECB remain rates unchanged at 0.00%, 0.25% and -0.40%

At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.00%, 0.25% and -0.40% respectively. The Governing Council expects the key ECB interest rates to remain at their present levels for an extended period

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SNB with no changes

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) is maintaining its expansionary monetary policy, with the aim of stabilising price developments and supporting economic activity. Interest on sight deposits at the SNB is to remain at –0.75% and the target range for the three-month Libor is unchanged at between –1.25% and –0.25%. The SNB will remain active in the foreign exchange market as necessary, while taking the

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