Investors’ Eyes Pinned On ECB As Europe’s Health Deteriorates
The European Central Bank meeting on Thursday is the prime event for markets seeking clarity on the bank’s response to a stalled recovery, disappearing inflation and the sluggish pace of reform in the euro zone. Inflation in the 9.6 trillion euro economy dropped to a fresh five year low of 0.3 percent in August and as the months fly by, the bloc’s cushion against Japan-style deflation is getting smaller and smaller. Increased geopolitical risks from the intensifying conflict in Ukraine forced Europe to impose sanctions on its third biggest trade partner Russia, a move which dented the faltering economic rebound even further.
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