Pablo Hernandez de Cos, a member of the European Central Bank's (ECB) Governing Council, stated on Monday that keeping current borrowing costs stable could help Euro-area inflation align with the ECB's 2% target. This strategy is designed to strike a balance between avoiding insufficient tightening, which may obstruct reaching the inflation goal, and excessive tightening that could potentially harm economic activity and employment.
The U.S. federal government could face a shutdown on October 1, if politicians fail to reach a budget agreement. This impending situation could cause temporary economic damage due to reduced consumer confidence and interruptions in defense and healthcare spending. However, the impact is expected to be short-lived, as previous shutdowns have typically lasted only a few days and most employees have received back pay.
Stocks ended the week lower after selling off amid the prospect of prolonged high interest rates.