Out of Ammo: F(ed)Utility of Negative Interest Rates

Peeing into the wind?



Peeing into the wind is a messy business
Peeing into the wind is a messy business

Central banks are essentially out of ammunition, with zero and negative interest rate policies spurring greater savings, not growth, said Michael Heise, chief economist at Allianz Group.

Moves by central banks from Japan to the euro zone to slash interest rates below zero have upended financial markets: investors are now paying some governments for the privilege of parking their funds while commercial lenders are mulling storing their cash in costly vaults instead of keeping them with central banks.

Despite the stimulus, economic growth remains feeble.



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