ECB and UK Maintain Low Rates, No More Word on Quantitative Easing (Yet)

118167478With deflation in the air in Europe, some form of additional easing measures might have been hoped for. That hope has faded, and the reality is that European Central Bank (ECB) efforts toward quantitative easing measures are simply going to take some time to put together.

At Thursday's meeting, the Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.05%, 0.30% and -0.20% respectively.

The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee held its monetary policy meeting on Thursday as well. The central bank voted to maintain the bank rate at 0.5%. Also, the committee voted to maintain the stock of purchased assets financed by the issuance of central bank reserves at £375 billion.

The United States is ending its quantitative easing measures. The Bank of Japan just doubled down on its quantitative easing measures. Europe is fighting negative growth and deflation.

What comes next? Maybe ECB quantitative easing.

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