- At today’s meeting the Governing Council delivered a bold policy package that is broadly in line with expectations.
Measures include the extension of the PEPP (up by € 500 bn to March 2022), more TLTROs at better conditions and the extension of other tools (collateral rules, PELTROs) adopted in spring.
- Looking ahead, President Lagarde pointed out that further monetary policy action remains pandemic dependent and that the ECB expects herd immunity to be reached by year-end 2021. She also emphasized the ECB’s ability to act again if needed.
- While no further ECB action seems imminent as of now, today’s action extends the highly supportive monetary policy environment throughout 2021.
- We view today’s announcements as a positive for credit markets as the ECB again made clear that it will not tolerate fragmentation across countries or sectors.