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Will the EU Summit Overshadow the ECB Meeting?

 

Fundamental

The central bank’s June meeting exceeded economists’ expectations when the Frankfurt-based institution topped its Pandemic Emergency Purchase Program (PEPP) with 600 billion euros, to a total of 1.35 trillion euros. Moreover, the bond-buying program has fewer constraints than the previous one as purchases of any asset will be conducted flexibly and that allows for fluctuations in the distribution of purchase flows over time, across asset classes, and among jurisdictions.

Market sentiment about interest rates will remain unchanged and further accommodation is unnecessary as recent inflation figures have held up above 0%. Furthermore, Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank told Financial Times “we have done so much that we have quite a bit of time to assess incoming data carefully”.

The spot light won’t be on today’s ECB press conference as the EU leaders will hold their first face-to-face summit on July 17-18 in Brussels to discuss the recovery plan to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and a new long-term EU budget 2021-2027.

Technical

  • EUR/USD still holding above 1.1390-1.1405 level
  • Unexpected monetary policy adjustments could add volatility to the pair

Major Economic Events

GMT Country Event Expectation Previous

11:45

EZ

ECB Interest Rate Decision (Jul)

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12:30

EZ

ECB Press Conference

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