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ECB drops easing bias en route to stimulus exit

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By Balazs Koranyi and Francesco CanepaFRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank dropped a long-standing pledge on Thursday to increase its bond buying if needed, taking another small step in weaning the euro zone economy off its protracted stimulus.Keeping its broader policy unchanged, the ECB said it could still extend its 2.55 trillion euro ($3.16 trillion) bond purchase scheme beyond September if needed. But it omitted a reference to bigger purchases, a signal that it remains on track to end a three-year-old stimulus scheme before the end of 2018.Speaking hours before U.S. President ...

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 19:56 IST
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