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ECB June Rate Cut Expected as Inflation Falls

ECB Rates on Hold with June Cuts on Table

The European Central Bank (ECB) signaled a likely interest rate cut as early as June, lowered inflation forecasts, and expressed concerns about rapid wage growth potentially pushing inflation above the 2 per cent target. ECB President Christine Lagarde mentioned a need for more data before making decisions and hinted at a possible rate cut in June. The ECB reduced its growth forecast for 2024 and expressed worries about wage growth impacting inflation in the labor-intensive services sector.

Key Points:

  • ECB signals potential interest rate cut in June, citing lowered inflation forecasts.
  • Concerns raised about rapid wage growth impacting inflation, particularly in labor-intensive services sector.
  • Lagarde emphasizes the need for more data before making decisions on rate cuts.
  • ECB reduces growth forecast for 2024 due to economic slowdown.
  • ECB leaves interest rates unchanged, following the lead of other central banks amid expected inflation readings.
  • Market analysts are closely monitoring ECB’s statements and actions to gauge the potential impact on the euro and financial markets.
  • ECB’s dovish stance contrasts with the more hawkish approach of some other central banks, adding to uncertainties in the global economic outlook.
  • Investors are adjusting their strategies in response to the shifting monetary policy landscape, seeking to navigate potential market volatility.
  • The ECB’s upcoming decisions on interest rates and inflation will be crucial in shaping the economic trajectory of the Eurozone and influencing investor sentiment.

ECB Hawks versus Doves

The European Central Bank’s hawkish policymakers are resisting calls for imminent interest rate cuts despite sticky inflation and stagnation in the eurozone economy. The persistently high services inflation and concerns over rapid wage growth are key factors making rate-setters nervous about cutting rates too soon.

Currently, about 10 members are considered hawkish with another 5 members slightly hawkish. Two members are neutral. Seven members are considered dovish with an addition two slightly dovish. Thus, the ECB will remain cautious. There is growing pressure to cut rates and but with the potential uncertainty surrounding the Red Sea and sticky wage inflation, the ECB will wait to cut rates.

  • The majority of officials seem to be converging on a June cut timeline, with some politicians also advocating for looser financial conditions to boost growth across Europe.
  • The ECB’s decision comes amid growing concerns about the economic impact of rising geopolitical tensions and uncertainties surrounding global trade. President Lagarde highlighted the importance of monitoring these external risks and their potential effects on the eurozone economy.

Our Forecast

ECB will cut in June and the cuts will happen at every meeting due to weak growth in the EU. This is contrast to the US which is getting close to cutting but because of good economic growth can wait and see after each future cut.