ECB left rates unchanged as expected, announced tapering from October to December then end QE by the end of December.

ECB President Draghi’s press conference were more dovish with main comments below;

  • See increasing uncertainties from risks
  • Dont’ want to underplay risks
  • Softer patch seemed to extend into 2nd quarter
  • Expect rates to remain unchanged to at least summer of 2019
  • Did not discuss about the timing of a rate hike