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January 29th 2008

ECB to Avoid Rate Cuts

When America’s dot-com bubble collapsed in 2001, the Federal Reserve Bank moved quickly to quell the panic by slashing interest rates.  The European Central Bank (ECB), on the other hand, was adamant that it would not have to follow suit since the European and American economies were no longer so intertwined.  Several months later, it became increasingly clear that the ECB was wrong, and it was ultimately forced to lower rates.  Now, some analysts fear that history is repeating itself, as America’s housing crisis threatens to run a similar course as the collapse of the stock market bubble. The Fed has lowered interest rates twice in the last few months, while the ECB has yet to act, insisting that its primary concern is inflation. For now, the interest rate differential is supporting the Euro, but if the ECB falls behind the curve, a stagnating EU economy could bring down the common currency.  The New York Times reports:

But when it comes to the economy, Europe remains optimistic it can decouple itself and withstand collateral damage from a possible recession in the United States.

Read More: Why the European Bank Is Sitting Back

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Posted by Adam Kritzer | in Central Banks, Euro | No Comments »

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