Market Overview

Euro Begins The Week Below $1.27 With ECB Meeting In Focus

Share:
Euro Begins The Week Below $1.27 With ECB Meeting In Focus
Related
Peter Schiff: Janet Yellen And The Federal Reserve Are Losing Credibility
Economists El-Erian, Dolan & Brusuelas React To March Fed Rate Decision
Related EWI
No Surprise: Banks Remain A Problem For The Italy ETF
The Up And Down Of The Greece ETF

The euro was below $1.27 to begin the week as investors kept a close eye on the eurozone with the European Central Bank’s policy meeting coming up on Thursday.

The common currency traded at $1.2680 at 4:00 GMT as investors wondered how the ECB would respond to the region’s lackluster economic data later in the week.

Despite recent efforts, the ECB has been unsuccessful in reviving the eurozone economy and restoring investor confidence in the region. Bank President Mario Draghi has said the bank is willing carry out a large scale quantitative easing program if need be, but that monetary policy alone is not enough to drive a successful recovery.

Structural reforms across the region remain a problem as public sector spending in struggling economies like France continue to drag on the bloc’s growth.

There has been a lot of pressure on Germany to abandon its strictly balanced budget and help float sinking economies, but the bloc’s largest economy has been resistant to spend without the promise of reform. 

Related Link: Barron's Recap - Investing Like A Tycoon

Meanwhile, the recent independence referendum in Scotland has reignited the Catalan push for independence from Spain, something that will likely weigh heavily on investor confidence in the region.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Catalan President Artur Mas signed a formal degree over the weekend calling for a referendum on the region’s independence.

Madrid has warned that such a vote would be against the Spanish constitution and would therefore go unrecognized, but Catalan leaders insist that the vote won’t be blocked and have set the date for November 9.

Posted-In: News Eurozone Commodities Forex Global Federal Reserve Pre-Market Outlook Markets Best of Benzinga

 

Related Articles (EWI + BROAD)

View Comments and Join the Discussion!