Negative interest rate policies

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In response to the Global Financial Crisis some central banks set negative policy interest rates.

"They found that, overall, this strategy was effective... long-term yields adjusted downwards in line with expectations of future short-term rates, thus providing the desired expansionary stimulus.

Although side effects, such as the compression of bank interest margins, were detected, they have not posed a major problem for banking stability to date because of offsets from other sources of income and the eventual recovery of bank portfolio values, including [a reduction] in non-performing loans.

That said, the potential longer-term effects of a prolonged period of negative rates on intermediaries cannot be fully assessed on the basis of current experience."

Source: 'Unconventional monetary policy tools: a cross country analysis'. Committee on the Global Financial System. October 2019

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