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Lee Sue Ann, Economist at UOB Group, gives her opinion on the recent ECB event.

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“The ECB has essentially placed itself on an auto pilot mode. At this juncture, the exact timing of the rates lift-off next year and the intricacies of the reinvestment strategy is hard to predict; but growth and inflation backdrops will continue to remain as key considerations behind the ECB’s decision-making process”.

“We see the deposit rate at 0% and the refi rate at 0.25% by the end of next year. Beyond that, the ECB will tread even more cautiously in tightening monetary policy”.

“There is also speculation that when Draghi’s term as ECB President ends in October 2019, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann (who is a long-time critic of the ECB’s ultra-loose policies) could push for a faster pace of policy normalization”.

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