Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB), speaks at a press conference following a plenary session of the International Monetary Fund Committee at the Spring Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Washington, DC, USA, Saturday 13 April 2019 .
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The euro jumped to a season high against the US dollar on Thursday, after the European Central Bank (ECB) said it would delay its first interest rate after the crisis at least mid-next year.
In a move that was flagged, the ECB president Mario Draghi also offered to pay banks if they borrowed money from the central bank and hand it over to households and businesses.
Tensions and fears of a global recession have set markets in a flux this week, with market participants increasingly hoping the ECB president Mario Draghi could signal a late outbreak of monetary support before his end period ends in October.
The central bank said the interest rate on its marginal loan facility and deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0%, 0.25% and -0.40%, respectively. These have been on record highs after the euro's sovereign debt crisis in 201[ads1]1 in an attempt to increase inflation and stimulate growth.
In a surprising revision of its forward-looking guidance, the ECB said in a statement that the board "now expects key ECB interest rates to remain at their current level at least through the first half of 2020."
The euro climbed 0.4 % to reach a season high of $ 1.1666 shortly after the announcement.
Investors are expected to follow up carefully comments from Draghi's press conference at 1.30. London time. He is also ready to uncover new financial forecasts for fresh employees who can show lower growth next year.
ECB policy makers met in Vilnius, Lithuania this week to look at updated forecasts and dead inflation expectations.
It comes at a time when the mood has shifted among some of its global peers. Australia's central bank cut interest rates for the first time in three years on Tuesday, while the US central bank recently signaled an openness to relief if needed.
At the same time, India's central bank reduced its reference price for the third time this year on Thursday and expectations are based on the Bank of Japan also being able to add stimulus soon.
In April, Draghi said that policemen at the ECB would look at how monetary policy works when setting the conditions for their new cheap loan program for banks – TLTROs (targeted long-term refinancing).
Essentially, these loans should allow eurozone banks to lend more to the real economy. They have a negative deposit rate, so they would pay lenders to cash, which means there is a strong incentive for banks to use them.