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Repetita iuvant. To keep away from misunderstandings, misunderstandings and grey areas, the president of the ECB Christine Lagarde has determined to repeat verbatim the phrases already mentioned just a few days in the past within the press convention with which the central financial institution reduce rates of interest for the primary time from 2019: this reduce doesn’t routinely indicate that others will arrive; the ECB appears to be like on the financial information earlier than deciding on new strikes; financial coverage stays restrictive. Repetita iuvant, exactly.

The three circumstances for future cuts

Thus, within the ECB weblog, Christine Lagarde writes clear phrases. «Interest charges should stay restrictive so long as essential to make sure worth stability on an enduring foundation. In different phrases, we’ll nonetheless need to hold our foot on the brake pedal for some time, even when we don't push as arduous as earlier than.”

And then: «Our future monetary policy decisions will depend on three things: whether we continue to see a timely return of inflation to target, whether we see an easing of overall price pressures in the economy and whether we still find the our monetary policy in containing inflation. These factors will determine when we can take our foot off the brake further.”

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The causes for the large will increase

“We have made important progress, but the fight against inflation is not over yet”, Lagarde then states, including that the ECB, as custodian of the euro, is dedicated “to ensuring low and stable inflation for the benefit of all European citizens.” In July 2022, Lagarde remembers in his remark, the ECB started to extend rates of interest “at an unprecedented pace, by 4.5 percentage points in just over a year”. The motive for this intervention may be discovered within the enhance in inflation following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which led to a surge within the costs of vitality and meals items.

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“Furthermore – he adds – many companies encountered greater difficulties in finding the equipment, materials and spare parts they needed, which aggravated the problems that had already emerged during the pandemic”. The ECB needed to intervene to «hold inflation low and secure. By performing decisively, we ensured that top inflation didn’t proceed for too lengthy. By September 2023, inflation had fallen to five.2%, round half the height reached the yr earlier than. The hazard of individuals having expectations of excessive inflation had additionally principally been overcome.”