Jean-Claude Trichet, European Central Bank president, has just announced the next – and last – offer of unlimited 12-month liquidity will be at an interest rate linked to future changes in the main policy rate. I blogged on the attractiveness of such a move yesterday. Mr Trichet insisted the move sent no signals about a future tightening of monetary policy. More on ft.com later…
(1) The separation principle (Dec 4): does the ECB’s move towards the exit signal a return to inflation-targeted monetary policy?
(2) Indexation, explained (Dec 3): how it will work
(3) An ECB puzzle (Nov 6): leaving rates unchanged on 12-month loans could be seen as loosening, because rates are expected to rise in that period; raising rates, however, could be seen as tightening. Indexation would be a smart move