April 25, 2018 / 8:49 AM / 3 months ago

ECB has room to move away from bond buys: Vasiliauskas

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Solid growth provides room for the European Central Bank to transition away from bond purchases but normalization should be gradual and policy moves should be well telegraphed, Lithuanian policymaker Vitas Vasiliauskas said in a magazine article.

FILE PHOTO - Lithuania's central bank governor Vitas Vasiliauskas speaks during the Euro Conference in Vilnius September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo

“The (bond) purchases will be ended gradually rather than abruptly, ensuring a smooth transition of sufficient length,” Vasiliauskas said in the Eurofi magazine.

“Any further policy steps will be well-discussed, data-based and gradual, providing sufficient time for markets to adjust,” he said. “We should be ready for an increase in market volatility, which has been exhibiting unnaturally low levels.”

Vasiliauskas said that the ECB Governing Council has already built an agenda for its next several steps, spanning an extended period of time.

Reporting by Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Francesco Canepa

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