April 18, 2018 / 12:29 PM / 3 months ago

Risks growing that could alter ECB's tightening plan -Villeroy

NEW YORK, April 18 (Reuters) - The European Central Bank would have to alter its march toward a more normal policy stance if growing risks from protectionism, exchange rates or market swings end up depressing inflation, ECB policymaker Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Wednesday.

“We should pay close attention to a possible cumulative risks scenario, the likelihood of which has increased recently: an adverse loop of protectionist threats, unfavourable exchange rate movements, and abrupt financial markets corrections,” he said in New York.

“Such a negative loop would tighten financial conditions, and deteriorate the growth outlook in the euro zone,” Villeroy added in a speech. “Our monetary policy stance would then have to be adapted, depending on the ultimate impact on inflation prospects.” (Reporting by Jonathan Spicer Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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