ECB launches bigger-than-expected QE program

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European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi has announced the launch of an expanded monthly 60 billion euro ($70 billion) private and public bond-buying program that will last until at least September 2016.

The long-anticipated asset-purchasing program—touted as the euro zone’s answer to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing (QE) programs—will start this March, Draghi told reporters at his regular media conference on Thursday. Continue reading