ECB’s Draghi points to asset repricing, sudden rate rise as main risks

ECB President Draghi testifies before the EU Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in Brussels
FILE PHOTO: European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi testifies before the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in Brussels, Belgium September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

October 13, 2018

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – European Central Bank policy is working as intended and the biggest risks to the policy outlook are a sharp repricing of assets or a sudden rise in interest rates, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Saturday.

He said that specific risks include lingering stability issues in the banking sector or a surprising increase in inflation, which appears unlikely in the euro zone but a more relevant issue in the United States.

On the downside, a risk would be a “snap back” in rates relating to geopolitical issues, such as trade tensions, a renegotiation of EU rules by member nations or infringement on central bank independence by governments, the ECB chief added.

(Reporting by Francesco Canepa; Writing by Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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