November 8th 2007
ECB to Hold Rates
The European Central Bank (ECB) will likely maintain its benchmark interest rate at 4.00% at its meeting his week. The Bank of England is also expected to hold its lending rate in place, at 5.75%. While these two moves should be seen by Dollar bulls as acts of clemency, they are more akin to a stay of execution than to a commutation of its death sentence. The reasoning is that it is inevitable that the US-EU interest rate difference will be bridged over the next few months, as the Fed continues to lower rates while the ECB is in the process of hiking them. The only question is when. Accordingly, analysts will be paying close attention to the language employed by the heads of the various Central Banks at their next meetings to get a sense of timing.
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