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01.05.2019 17:00

ECB vice president Luis de Guindos: Low interest rate environment is with us for the foreseeable future

  • Low bank profitability remains a concern

  • Euro banking consolidation remains necessary

  • The structurally low profitability of the euro area banking sector remains a concern for financial stability and for monetary policy.

  • Sustained economic expansion over the past six years and greater banking sector resilience have supported financial stability within the euro area.

  • Recent softening of growth prospects heightens risks.

  • The financial stability environment has become more challenging than it was a year ago.

  • The risks that have been with us for some time now – a possible disorderly increase in risk premia, debt sustainability concerns, low bank profitability and imbalances in the non-bank financial sector – are still present, but they are no longer being mitigated by an improving macroeconomic outlook.


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  • German factory orders unexpectedly fell in October
  • BOJ's Harada says no need to take additional policy steps
  • Eurozone construction activity continues to grow in November
  • Eurozone GDP up by 0.2% during the third quarter, as expected
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