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ECB’s Weidmann – Oil drop is a stimulus

FXStreet (Mumbai) - The European Central Bank (ECB) governing council member and the Bundesbank’s President Weidmann was on the wires stating the drop in the oil price is a stimulus and not a reason for deflation.

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Sharp fall in energy prices is what is mainly driving low rates

Core inflation will gradually rise towards goal

The longer we go with an ultra loose policy, the greater the risks

No reason to talk down the economic outlook or paint a gloomy picture

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