ECB’s Trichet Not Ready To Cut Rates…’Inflation Concerns’

Posted on April 10th, 2008 in Daily Stock Market / Economic News - The Real Story

Finally, some responsible Central Banking. He gets a free look into the mess the Fed made and doesn’t want the same heat. It will be interesting to watch this unfold. The English caved last night but that doesn’t matter much in the grand scheme other than to those who believe a global interest rate decrease in coordination with all the world’s Central Banks will start soon. I guess Trichet didn’t get the fax. This news should be perceived negatively for US equities although it was widely expected. -Best, Mr Mortgage

Trichet Not Ready to Cut Rates Even as Risks Mount (Update3)

By Christian Vits


April 10 (Bloomberg) — European Central Bank President Jean-
Claude Trichet
signaled he’s still not ready to cut interest rates
even as the credit squeeze poses a greater threat to economic
growth than policy makers anticipated.    

“We are experiencing a rather protracted period of
temporarily high annual rates of inflation,” Trichet said at a
press conference in Frankfurt today after the ECB kept its key
rate at 4 percent. While financial-market tension may have “a
broader than currently expected impact on the real economy,”
ensuring price stability is “very serious for us,” he said.    

The Bank of England lowered its benchmark rate a quarter-
point today and the Federal Reserve has slashed its benchmark
after the U.S. housing slump pushed up the cost of credit
worldwide. With euro-region inflation running at the fastest pace
in almost 16 years, the ECB is reluctant to follow suit.


One Response to “ECB’s Trichet Not Ready To Cut Rates…’Inflation Concerns’”

  1. Trichet talks real tough on inflation b/c he has to deal w/ Belgium and the Lux that have automatic wage increases in lock-step w/ their CPI (wage-price spiral?). crazy socialist world over there.

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