Thursday 27 November 2014

Boost for homeowners as ECB set to signal summer cut in interest rate

Charlie Weston Personal Finance Editor

Published 04/04/2013 | 05:00

ECB President Mario Draghi

HOMEOWNERS with tracker mortgages won't get any relief as European Central Bankers meet today, but there is a strong chance of a cut in interest rates this summer. The European Central Bank's rate is at an all-time low of 0.75pc; however, a number of economists now think that ECB president Mario Draghi will point to an imminent interest rate cut when he speaks today.

A new cut would be a massive boost to the 375,000 people on tracker mortgages that follow the rates set by the ECB.

Each 0.25pc reduction eases monthly repayments by €15 on every €100,000 of debt.

Some economists are betting on the ECB signalling a rate cut is in the pipeline because of a slew of figures confirming that the eurozone remains in recession, combined with unease after an unprecedented levy on bank deposits in Cyprus.

ECB policymakers meet against a backdrop of bleak economic data, and concern that Slovenia could follow Cyprus and seek a bailout.

The Central Bank is widely expected to hold off on an interest rate cut this month, instead waiting to see if a grim economic picture in the eurozone brightens before using its limited remaining margin for manoeuvre to lower borrowing costs further.

A Reuters poll last week pointed to interest rates remaining on hold today.

Irish Independent

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