ECB announces operational details of asset-backed securities and covered bond purchase programmes
Programmes will last at least two years
Will enhance transmission of monetary policy, support provision of credit to the euro area economy and, as a result, provide further monetary policy accommodation
Eurosystem collateral framework is guiding principle for eligibility of assets for purchase
Asset purchases to start in fourth quarter 2014, starting with covered bonds in second-half of October
The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) today agreed key details regarding the operation of its new programmes to buy simple and transparent asset-backed securities (ABSs) and a broad portfolio of euro-denominated covered bonds. Together with the targeted longer-term refinancing operations, the purchase programmes will further enhance the transmission of monetary policy. They will facilitate credit provision to the euro area economy, generate positive spill-overs to other markets and, as a result, ease the ECB's monetary policy stance. These measures will have a sizeable impact on the Eurosystem's balance sheet and will contribute to a return of inflation rates to levels closer to 2%.