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by Property Forum | Economy

The European Central Bank (ECB) has reduced its main interest rate from 4% to 3.75%, following Canada's rate cut earlier in the week. ECB President Christine Lagarde announced that the outlook for inflation had significantly improved, which enabled the rate cut. However, she warned that inflation would likely stay above the 2% target, averaging 2.5% in 2024 and 2.2% in 2025. The ECB remains committed to keeping its policy restrictive to achieve the inflation target. This rate cut, though anticipated, is seen as a relief for consumers and businesses, aiming to stimulate economic activity by making borrowing cheaper.

The decision comes as EU elections take place, reflecting public discontent over cost-of-living pressures. The ECB's move follows Canada's reduction of its headline rate from 5% to 4.75%. Despite a slight rise in inflation within the EU in May, the ECB opted to lower rates, aiming to support economic growth. Christine Lagarde highlighted improved confidence in the economic outlook but noted potential risks, including geopolitical tensions and climate-related challenges. Investment experts predict further rate cuts over the summer or autumn, potentially lowering eurozone rates to 3.5% or below by the year's end, as economic growth shows signs of recovery despite lingering sluggishness.