KPMG comments on ECB announcements

KPMG comments on ECB announcements

Yael Selfin, head of macroeconomics at KPMG in the UK, comments on monetary policy announcements from the European Central Bank (ECB).

1000

Also on KPMG.com

Commenting on today’s monetary policy announcements from the European Central Bank (ECB), Yael Selfin, head of macroeconomics at KPMG in the UK, said:

“Following today’s monetary policy meeting the ECB gave no information on its quantitative easing plans once the current phase of bond purchases ends in March next year. We’ll now have to wait until December for more information. While uncertainty and market volatility triggered by the Brexit vote are likely to make the ECB more cautious in pursuing an eventual tapering plan, there are other issues that are likely to be of more immediate concern such as the fragile state of some other EU economies independent from developments in the UK (for example Portugal, Greece, Italy).

“The ECB has probably gone as far as it can in using negative interest rates, and the tension with some members mean that it may want to rein in any further stimulus through increased volume of quantitative easing. Mario Draghi’s earlier call for a more active fiscal intervention and an accelerated reforms agenda chimes well with the realisation that Central Banks have, in many countries, reached the limitation of their magic.

“Brexit could be the spark which propels EU governments to galvanise the economy through reforms and targeted fiscal stimulus. The risk though is that it could serve as an inspiration for separatists elsewhere in the EU to further weaken the Union. The number of key elections across the EU in the coming year is going to be crucial in assessing this risk.

“The UK economy is significant for the EU, and certain sectors such as finance provide crucial services for many companies across Europe. However a weaker UK economy could reduce demand for these services and more difficult trading relations will make it harder for EU businesses to sell their exports, as well as import goods and services from the UK. So even though the impact of Brexit will be most severely felt in the UK, there will undoubtedly be some impact felt by rest of the EU.”

ENDS

For media enquiries, please contact:

Jess Liebmann, KPMG Corporate Communications

T: 0207 311 3245

M: 07551135778

E: jessica.liebmann@kpmg.co.uk

Follow us on twitter: @kpmguk

KPMG Press office

Tel:  +44 (0) 207 694 8773 

About KPMG

KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 12,000 partners and staff.  The UK firm recorded a revenue of £1.96 billion in the year ended September 2015. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. It operates in 155 countries and has 174,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity.  Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such. 

Connect with us

 

Request for proposal

 

Submit

KPMG’s new-look website

KPMG has launched a state of the art digital platform that enhances your experience and provides improved access to our content and our people, whatever device you are on.