Further comments by ECB's Nowotny - 15 Dec 2017

  • Sceptical about corporate bond purchases because focused on very large companies
  • Not sure overall effect on credit development have been taken into account
  • Corporate bond purchase porgramme being carried out as planned
  • Continuity in central banks' communication is necessary
  • Central bank must make sure it is not behind the curve

Some more general comments from Nowotny. Nothing of note to move markets. Meanwhile, EUR/USD is toying with the 1.1800 level - currently 1.1797. Do be aware that we have some large option expiries at the figure level.