April 30, 2019 / 7:03 PM / 3 months ago

ECB still has ammunition left to fight recession: Lane

FILE PHOTO: Sign of the European central Bank (ECB) is seen ahead of the news conference on the outcome of the Governing Council meeting, outside the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, March 7, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

LONDON (Reuters) - The European Central Bank’s policy arsenal has not been depleted and fiscal policy could help stimulate investment, said the European Central Bank’s incoming Executive Board member Philip Lane on Tuesday.

Investors fear the ECB’s window to potentially raise interest rates has closed, meaning it has little in its toolkit to face the next recession.

But in some of his first public remarks since securing the job of replacing current ECB chief economist Peter Praet, Lane, Ireland’s central bank governor, said the bank still had options.

“The idea that the ECB lacks potency is very far from where we are,” he told academics and diplomats at Ireland’s embassy in London.

He added that fiscal policy could also help reduce policy uncertainty, and encourage the private sector to resume investing.

(This story refiles final snap to make clear Lane is speaking about ECB and fiscal policy separately)

Reporting by Tom Finn; Editing by Marc Jones

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