European Central Bank Press Conference
First Conference After Substantial Inflation Weakened Further in the Eurozone
Starts Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 13:30
Updated Saturday, March 2, 2019
Core inflation which the ECB considers as "substantial inflation" slipped to 1% again in the Eurozone and on top of that we have Brexit, which will likely be addressed as well. ECB President Mario Draghi will hold a press conference, so we expect some volatility during this press conference. Interest rates are expected to remain unchanged at 0.0% for quite some time, so nothing expected from that event. We have heard comments from ECB officials recently that the first rate hike might be postponed again, beyond September 2019. Draghi will surely be asked about that too, especially now when the Eurozone economy has turned really soft. Please follow us for live coverage of this event by experienced market analysts.
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About European Central Bank Press Conference
The ECB press conference is held at the ECB European Central Bank headquarters where ECB president Mario Draghi and vice president Luis De Guindos speak. The conference is about an hour long. It is divided into two parts. During the first part, the speaker reads a prepared statement, also called the interest rate statement. The second part is a question and answers session where the ECB president and vice president take questions. As in other speeches from central bankers, forex traders try to decipher clues from the speeches. Although, unlike some speeches, the ECB press conference always discusses monetary policy. This is the primary way the ECB communicates with the public regarding the monetary policy. It generally covers, in detail, the Central Banks’ views on the Eurozone economy and inflation expectations. The questions often lead to unexpected answers, therefore high volatility is expected during the press conference.