After 18 months, an aggressive program poku Folders assets, the volume of government bonds repurchased by the European Central Bank (ECB) in the framework of the program of quantitative easing (of QE), last week exceeded € 1 trillion, according to the regulator reported.
Recall that in January 2015, the ECB announced the launch of its asset purchase program and proceeded to repurchase securities of the eurozone countries on March 9th last year.
Thus, over half the total volume of government bonds repurchased under the current program reached € 1.001 trillion. According to the end of August, the German regulator bought bonds worth € 238 billion, the French paper over € 189 billion and Italy's bonds by € 164 billion.
As of September 2, the total redemption of mortgage bonds reached € 190.7 billion, corporate bonds - € 20.5 billion, securities assets - € 20.1 billion.
QE program examines the ECB as one of the measures designed to encourage the growth of inflation in the region. Initially it was assumed that the monthly volume purchase of assets of € 60 billion, but in March this year, the bank decided to increase the size of the program up to € 80 billion per month.
According to preliminary data of Statistics for the European Union, in August consumer prices in the euro area rose by 0.2% in annual terms. Thus, the CPI in the region remained at the July level.
Bank meeting scheduled for Thursday, and expectations regarding the decision of officials are mixed: some analysts predict that the ECB will extend the program of QE, which expires in March 2017, while others say the bank will not make any changes to the current monetary policy at least until the end of this year.
Based on materials WELTRADE