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Lagarde has met market expectations

created Marcin KiepasDecember 12, 2019

European Central Bank (ECB), like the day before the US Federal Reserve, did not change interest rates at its last meeting this year, leaving the deposit rate at -0,50 percent and the reference rate at 0,0. He further declares that interest rates will remain at current or lower levels until inflation outlook convincingly returns to levels close to 2 percent. in the projection horizon.

The bank slightly revised its inflation and economic growth forecasts for the euro area for the years 2019-2022, but still expecting a slight acceleration in the projection horizon of both variables, which was within the range of market expectations.

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The new head of the ECB did not bring much new Christine Lagardewho, colloquially speaking, got into Draghi's shoes. Who was expecting some surprises and a turn in the ECB policy under a new leadership, he was severely disappointed. However, one could easily feel that Lagarde was saying a little what the markets wanted to hear. Namely, she pointed out that next year the eurozone will face a slow but systematic economic rebound. She said that although there is a risk of weaker data due to geopolitics, trade wars and emerging market weakness, the risk is lower than before.

The first reaction of the euro to the words of the new head of the ECB was positive. The single currency strengthened slightly. However, you have to be aware that Lagarde didn't really say anything new, hence the market reaction was a bit exaggerated. Just like the day before, the forex market's response to Powell's words. If all this compares with the situation on the EUR / USD daily chart, it can be concluded that the potential for further increases is limited and the 14 monthly downward trend line (currently 1,1160) remains unchanged. This leads to a different conclusion. Namely, that in such a system, the second half of December will bring back EUR / USD quotations. The first target is around 1,1050.

EUR / USD

EUR / USD

Diagram EUR / USD, D1 interval. Source: MT4 Tickmill.

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Marcin Kiepas
Tickmill UK analyst. Financial markets analyst with 20-year experience, publishing in Polish financial media. He specializes in the foreign exchange market, Polish stock market and macroeconomic data. In his analyzes he combines technical and fundamental analysis. Looking for medium-term trends, examining the impact of macroeconomic data, central banks and geopolitical events on the financial markets.
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