ECB Now Set To Cut Interest Rates On June 6th

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Expected Rate Cuts and Economic Impacts

The European Central Bank (ECB) is set to cut interest rates at its June 6 meeting, expected to lower the main refinancing rate to 4.25%, the marginal lending rate to 4.50%, and the deposit rate to 3.75%. This move marks the first rate reduction since 2016 for the main refinancing and marginal lending rates, and since 2019 for the deposit rate.

Reasons Behind the Rate Cut

The ECB’s decision follows significant rate hikes since July 2022, totaling 450 basis points, which helped reduce the eurozone’s inflation from a peak of 10.6% in October 2022 to 2.6% in May 2024. Although inflation hasn’t hit the 2% target, the downward trend supports the decision for a rate cut.

President Christine Lagarde indicated in March that sufficient data would be available by June to make this decision. Current projections show inflation rates decreasing to 2% by 2025, with core inflation stabilizing around 2.1% by 2025 and 2.0% by 2026.

Economic Performance and Market Reactions

Despite the anticipated rate cut, the ECB maintains positive real interest rates as nominal rates will still be above the inflation rate, indicating a reduction in monetary policy restrictiveness. The euro area’s economic growth has been slow, with only a 0.3% expansion in Q1 2024, following two quarters of contraction.

While a further rate cut in July remains uncertain, market expectations suggest around 60 basis points of cuts by year-end. The ECB aims to balance the risks of cutting rates too much, which could boost demand and rekindle inflation, and cutting too little, which could stifle growth.

Future Outlook and Potential Risks

The ECB faces the challenge of aligning its monetary policy with global trends, particularly the policies of the U.S. Federal Reserve. Aggressive ECB cuts could pressure the euro against the dollar, affecting import prices. Conversely, maintaining a restrictive policy could slow economic growth further.

A cautious, data-dependent approach is expected, with the ECB likely to announce a rate cut in June and adopt a meeting-by-meeting strategy for future adjustments.

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