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April 10th 2008

ECB Holds Rates

The European Central Bank (ECB) has decided to hold its benchmark interest rate at 4%.  Despite signs that the EU economy is slowing, inflation is hovering around 3.5%, and the ECB has announced that its priority will be to maintain price stability. Jean Claude Trichet, President of the ECB, declared during the accompanying news conference that he "deplores" volatility in the forex markets, an indication that he is concerned that the Euro is appreciating too rapidly.  It doesn’t help the Euro’s cause that the Bank of England lowered its benchmark lending rate to 5% earlier in the week and that the Fed is also in the process of easing monetary policy. Both the US Dollar and British Pound recently touched record lows against the Euro.

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

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