Unless he’s hiding something, Draghi about as underwhelming as you could have imagined. V weak after the setup. Almost back to square one
Spanish yield curve steepens on draghi specifics on buying short-term maturities in 2ndary mkt
Only reax that matter are bond ylds – spain 2 n 10 ylds steady vs pre-presser. Abt right. Draghi confirms bond buys -now we await action
As we wait for ECB Mario Draghi to come good on his promise to do all in his power to save the euro, the case for governments intervening in financial markets is once again to the fore. Draghi’s verbal intervention last week basically opened up a number of fronts. First, he clearly identified the extreme government bond spreads within the euro zone, where Germany and almost half a dozen euro countries can borrow for next to nothing while Spain and Italy pay 4-7%, as making a mockery of a single monetary policy and that they screwed up the ECB’s monetary policy transmission mechanism. And second, to the extent that the euro risks collapse if these spreads persist or widen further, Draghi then stated it’s the ECB’s job to do all it can to close those spreads. No euro = no ECB. It’s existential, in other words. The ECB can hardly be pursuing “price stability” within the euro zone by allowing the single currency to blow up.
Whatever Draghi does about this, however, it’s clear the central bank has set itself up for a long battle to effectively target narrower peripheral euro bond spreads — even if it stops short of an absolute cap. Is that justified if market brokers do not close these gaps of their own accord? Or should governments and central banks just blithely accept market pricing as a given even if they doubt their accuracy? Many will argue that if countries are sticking to promised budgetary programmes, then there is reason to support that by capping borrowing rates. Budget cuts alone will not bring down debts if borrowing rates remain this high because both depress the other key variable of economic growth.