Author: Eamonn Sheridan

Comments from ECB President Mario Draghi at the IMF & World Bank talkfests over the weekend in Washington.

There have been plenty of comments from various finance ministers, central bankers and what have you ... but the main man had a few words to say also.

there is particularly juicy headline in the following (believe me, you won't miss it ...). I would caution it needs to be read in the context of his other comments. (But since when have markets ever read central banker comments in context? ;-D )

Headlines via Reuters  

On Greece:

"We all want Greece to succeed. The answer is in the hands of the Greek government. Much more work is needed now and it is urgent. We want to reach a comprehensive policy package within which the policy priorities of the Greek government can be carefully assessed, a debt sustainability analysis can be made and a figure for the budget surplus can be determined."

On Emergency Liquidity Assistance (Ela) To Greek Banks

"ELA will continue to be given to the banks if they are judged to be solvent and if they have adequate collateral, which is the case now."

"I don't even want to contemplate such an event (commenting on the ECB stopping ELA is Greece missed a debt payment) for the reason that the Greek leaders have repeatedly stated that they want to honor their obligations".

On the risk of contagion from Greece

"Now we are better equipped than we were in 2012, 2011, 2010. Having said that, we would certainly enter into uncharted waters if the crisis were to precipitate."

Ot the euro exchange rate

"The exchange rate is not a policy target, it is the outcome of different business cycles in different jurisdictions and different monetary policies or monetary policy cycles. So I cannot express any hope about it."

On the irreversibility of the euro

"It is pointless to go short on the euro."

On US Federal Reserve monetary policy

"The perspective of rate hikes has to be assessed by competent monetary policy authorities. If it is well done, it is important because all our monetary policies, but especially those that started first, have been in the unconventional regime for a long time - the next rate hike in the U.S. will be the first in 8 years - so it is an experience that should be prepared and I know it is being prepared very, very carefully.

"So if this is, as it is being prepared and communicated and is being pre-announced to markets very carefully for a long time, the consequences should be manageable."

OK, if you've read this far you might have skimmed over the bit where he said ... "It is pointless to go short on the euro." Yowza.
Like I said, it needs to be read in context, that he was commenting on the irreversibility of the euro ... but still .... if the market picks up this headline on Monday morning it'll be an excuse to run the stops of euro shorts.

More from Draghi at Bloomberg:

Draghi said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's government must do "much more work" to show it can satisfy the terms of its 240 billion-euro ($259 billion) bailout program.
And the Wall Street Journal (Journal is gated)

(Draghi) rejected speculation that Greece may be forced to abandon the euro, reiterating that Europe's single currency is irrevocable

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