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MNI BRIEF: ECB Must End APP In Coming Months - Makhlouf

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Time for APP bond buys to end as inflation a growing concern, Ireland's central bank head says.

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The ECB should stop buying bonds under its asset purchase programme in June or July and could return key interest rates to positive territory in early 2023, although the precise path to normalisation is not yet clear, Central Bank of Ireland chief Gabriel Makhlouf said in a speech Thursday, saying that levels of inflation meant policymakers “have reached the point where we on ECB’s Governing Council need to act."

“What is clear is that the era of negative rates is reaching its conclusion,” he said. “What is less clear is the precise path towards normalisation, when exactly rates should start to rise and when they should stop rising. I think it is realistic to expect that the first move in the ECB’s interest rates will happen soon after net asset purchases end and that rates are likely to be in positive territory by early next year.”

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The ECB should stop buying bonds under its asset purchase programme in June or July and could return key interest rates to positive territory in early 2023, although the precise path to normalisation is not yet clear, Central Bank of Ireland chief Gabriel Makhlouf said in a speech Thursday, saying that levels of inflation meant policymakers “have reached the point where we on ECB’s Governing Council need to act."

“What is clear is that the era of negative rates is reaching its conclusion,” he said. “What is less clear is the precise path towards normalisation, when exactly rates should start to rise and when they should stop rising. I think it is realistic to expect that the first move in the ECB’s interest rates will happen soon after net asset purchases end and that rates are likely to be in positive territory by early next year.”

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