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EU Bank Bosses Warn Of "Grave Consequences" If ECB Keeps Cutting Rates
09-05-2019, 10:48 AM,
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EU Bank Bosses Warn Of "Grave Consequences" If ECB Keeps Cutting Rates
EU Bank Bosses Warn Of "Grave Consequences" If ECB Keeps Cutting Rates

The ECB's imposition of negative interest rates have created an "absurd situation" in which banks don't want to hold deposits, rages UBS CEO Sergio Ermotti, arguing that this policy is hurting social systems and savings rates.Ermotti is not alone. As European bank bosses cast their eyes at their share prices, they are fighting back, some have said - biting the hand that feeds, in their attack on ECB policies, warning of severe consequences to asset prices and the broader economy.As Bloomberg reports, Deutsche Bank CEO Christian Sewing warned that more monetary easing by the ECB, as widely expected next week, will have “grave side effects” for a region that has already lived with negative interest rates for half a decade.“In the long run, negative rates ruin the financial system,” Sewing said at the event, organized by the Handelsblatt newspaper.Another cut “may make refinancing cheaper for states, but has grave side effects.”While incoming ECB head Christine Lagarde has claimed that the benefits of deeply negative rates outweigh the costs (stating just this week that “a highly accommodative policy is warranted for a prolonged period of time;" few economists believe another cut at this level would actually help the economy. According to Sewing, all it would achieve is to further divide society by lifting asset prices while punishing Europe’s savers who are already paying 160 billion euros ($176 billion) a year because of negative interest rates.Read the entire article
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