Reuters poll: ECB to raise deposit rate in Q3 2019 but conviction on hike has faded over past month

Author: Justin Low | Category: News

Expectations for the ECB to raise rates begin to waver

  • Risk is low that ECB extends QE beyond this month
  • Refinancing rate rise now expected in Q1 2020 (previously Q4 2019); still a close call
  • Eurozone recession probability in one year rises to 20% (previously 15%)
  • Recession probability in two years now at 30% (previously 25%)
With economic growth still looking sluggish, confidence towards the ECB's ability to raise rates over the next year is starting to look a little shaky. The current rhetoric of "through the summer of 2019" remains but if the slowdown creeps into next year, where we're also seeing global growth cool down and possibly inflationary pressures beginning to wane, it could call for the central bank to postpone its rate hike decision.

Not to mention, there will still be the ongoing issue of Italian debt as well as potential auto tariffs to come in the coming months. Those factors will also impact the ECB's outlook negatively moving forward.

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