Not surprisingly and in stark contrast to the Fed, the always hawkish ECB member Axel Weber wants to now phase out “permanently” securities purchases of sovereign bonds. In terms of timing the exit strategy, he believes the risks of unwinding their policies too late are greater than exiting too early. While the Fed has purposely inverted the yield curve to provide a way for banks to earn their way to a better balance sheet, Weber said monetary policy is “inappropriate” to fix banks problems. Bottom line, the comments are nothing new from Weber as he was the 1st to speak out against ECB bond purchases but the commentary certain lends credence to the rally in the Euro off the lows of June in that it presents a clear difference of his view of the proper function of monetary policy as opposed to the Fed’s.
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