European Central Main Refinancing Rate

Event Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Event Time: 13:15 CET

ECB Expected to Raise Interest Rates Again to 3.50%

Updated Sunday, March 12, 2023
The European Central Bank lowered refinancing rates to 0.0% in 2016. They have kept them unchanged since then and are expected to keep them on hold again this time, while the deposit rates remained negative at -0.40% for a long time. But, we saw a deposit rate cut by 0.10%, after the dovish remarks we have heard from the ECB in the last meetings. The ECB has tried to play down the economic rebound after the reopening, following the second lockdown, but they are getting forced to accept the improved reality. The ECB delivered the first hike in more than a decade, raising rates by 0.50% in July and by 0.75% last month, taking them to 1.25%. This month they are expected to raise rates by 75 bps again to 2.00%. Please follow us for live coverage in real-time of the event by experienced analysts.  

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About European Central Main Refinancing Rate
The Main Refinancing Rate is also called the Minimum Bid Rate or the Repo Rate. This is the interest rate at which the European Central Bank (ECB) refinances the operations that provide the major part of liquidity to the secondary banking system. The ECB decides eight times a year on interest rates. The decision is made by six members of the ECB executive board and fifteen members of the Eurozone Central Banks. The decision is usually anticipated and therefore priced in by the market. The ECB’s press conference statement that usually follows the main refinancing rate get the most attention since the change in the refinancing rate is already history once it is moved. Although, there are times when the rate is unexpected and the market reacts violently.
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