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17 Feb 2022

IMF Endorses ECB’s Easy Money Policy amid Declining Inflation

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced its support of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) easy money policy after inflation showed signs of decline following "transient boosts" from pandemic-related supply chain issues.

The IMF contended that labour costs in the EU would rise slightly with inflation set to dip below the ECB’s target of 2% after it reached 5.1% in January.

The Washington-based organization said, "Keeping medium-term inflation expectations stable despite transient boosts to inflation, including from supply disruptions and surging energy prices, is key to managing this trade-off."

The endorsement from the IMF comes as a relief to ECB President Christine Lagarde as she continues to face challenges in assuring investors that there will be no further interest rate hikes to curb pandemic-induced inflation.

The IMF added, "Keeping medium-term inflation expectations stable despite transient boosts to inflation, including from supply disruptions and surging energy prices, is key to managing this trade-off."

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