donderdag 18 december 2014

Negative Interest Rates: First ECB, now SNB

First the ECB lowered interest rates on deposits to -0.1% in June 2014. Now the SNB lowered interest rates on its deposits to -0.25%. Commercial bank deposits will follow soon and what would you do when you are charged for depositing money in your bank?

All of this is because the yield curves are flattening, and yields cannot be too close to each other, or we get a recession.

The effect of this drop in deposit rates should be that eventually investors remove their money from those banks and invest it in something else. Lending and spending will increase and the bubble becomes an even bigger bubble.

I do not need to tell you this is good for gold. In fact, denying the Swiss gold referendum is actually bullish for gold as the SNB can do whatever it wants now...

1) Yields go down due to lower interest rates.
2) CPI goes up through inflating the bubble.

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