ECB Executive Board member Benoit Coeure urged the central to give more details in the forward guidance, regarding the pace of rate hike when it starts. He said, “should economic conditions warrant, there might be a case for the Governing Council to go beyond the timing to lift-off (rates) in further clarifying the pace at which it expects to remove policy accommodation.”

And, “a further clarification of our reaction function might help market participants and the broader public to better anticipate the likely future path of short-term interest rates.”

Currently, ECB’s plan is to half the monthly asset purchase to EUR 15B starting October, and stop it after December. Interest rates would stay at present levels through the summer of 2019.

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