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18th Jun 2018

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ECB to end bond-buying programme this year

The European Central Bank (ECB) will end its bond-buying programme, also known as quantitative easing (QE), at the end of the year, president Mario Draghi announced on Thursday. The ECB will continue to buy €30bn of bonds each month until September, then will reduce the amount to €15bn until the end of December. The programme started in March 2015 to inject cash into the eurozone economy.

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