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Gold the beneficiary of negative interest rates

The Australian (subscription) - ‎18 hours ago‎
The Bank of Japan last month joined a growing number of central banks, including the Swiss National Bank and the European Central Bank, when it introduced negative interest rates in an effort to spur consumer spending. Sweden's central bank said last ...
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Did Yellen Just Greenlight Negative Interest Rates?

Daily Reckoning - Australian Edition - ‎9 hours ago‎
Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen may have just opened the door to negative interest rates in the US. Otherwise known as NIRP (or ZIRP), negative rates are one of the most dangerous monetary policy instruments ever created.

Negative interest rates are dangerous, says Fidelity's Amit Lodha

The Australian Financial Review - ‎22 hours ago‎
"If we are going into a negative interest rate environment, it's telling corporates that money is for free," says Fidelity's Amit Lodha.
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PIMCO: Negative interest rates are the problem, not the solution

Business Insider Australia - ‎Feb 11, 2016‎
So here's the thing: banks are getting crunched by negative interest rates. Or as Izabella Kaminska at The Financial Times wrote Wednesday, banks now must prepare for an era of negative net interest margin.
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CBA: The simple reason why negative interest rates aren't weakening the yen and euro

Business Insider Australia - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
Despite the Bank of Japan adopting a negative interest rate policy and hints from the European Central Bank that it may cut interest rates even deeper into negative territory as soon as next month, it's done very little to weaken the yen and euro ...
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ASIC tells interest rate-rigging banks to plead guilty to BBSW fixing

ABC Online - ‎Feb 10, 2016‎
"Plead guilty". That was the blunt message from Australian Securities and Investments Commission chairman Greg Medcraft to banks involved in manipulating Australia's key benchmark interest rate, the Bank Bill Swap Rate (BBSW).

US Fed to press on raising interest rates despite global markets turmoil

ABC Online - ‎Feb 10, 2016‎
Despite extraordinary financial markets volatility, the world's biggest central bank says it's on course to keep raising interest rates. Federal Reserve chairwoman, Janet Yellen, told a congressional committee she expects continued US economic growth ...
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How inflation rate affects your home mortgage

NEWS.com.au - ‎7 hours ago‎
That's because the Reserve Bank of Australia, which sets the official interest rate, aims to keep inflation between two and three per cent to, it says, “encourage strong and sustainable growth in the economy”.
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How Negative Interest Rates Could Remake the Global Financial System

New York Times - ‎7 hours ago‎
A decade ago, negative interest rates were a theoretical curiosity that economists would discuss almost as a parlor game. Two years ago, it began showing up as an unconventional step that a few small countries considered.

Why Low Interest Rates Aren't Low Enough to Save Stocks

Wall Street Journal - ‎20 hours ago‎
Interest rates are low, but for many American companies they may not be nearly low enough. The pain in financial markets continued Thursday, with worries about banks' credit exposures and a fresh decline in oil prices helping send stocks around the ...

Commerzbank eyes extending negative interest rates

MarketWatch - ‎8 hours ago‎
FRANKFURT--Germany's Commerzbank AG Friday said it may start charging mid-sized corporate clients with negative interest rates on their deposits, amid expectations the European Central Bank could cut its main interest rate further below zero. "We will ...

Gilts plunge as interest rate rises recede

The Guardian - ‎Feb 11, 2016‎
It is certainly the case that low interest rates on gilts are in contrast to rising yields in some of the countries on the periphery of the eurozone, such as Greece and Portugal.

Next Fed move could be a rate CUT

CNBC - ‎Feb 11, 2016‎
In recent days, Fed officials have discussed the possibility of going to negative interest rates. In congressional testimony Wednesday, Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed last explored the idea of taking the interest paid on banks' excess reserves ...

Will interest rates come down?

The Hindu - ‎8 hours ago‎
The RBI did not spring any surprises during its last monetary policy for the fiscal year by keeping the key rates unchanged.

Paul Krugman | The Political Economy of Interest Rates Revisited

New York Times (blog) - ‎5 hours ago‎
Well, I argued that it had a lot to do with the way central bankers talk all the time to private bankers - and that bankers are hurt a lot by low interest rates. Others, however, questioned the premise, arguing that there was no good reason to believe ...
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Sweden's negative interest rate experiment is a failure

Business Insider Australia - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
Sweden's extreme negative interest rate policy has failed, serving only to inflate a housing bubble. The country's central bank, the Riksbank, has had an interest rate of -0.35 since the beginning of 2015 in an effort to boost inflation. That requires ...
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Gold surges to 1-year high on financial uncertainty

CNBC - ‎Feb 11, 2016‎
Investors grew more worried about banks' profitability in a low-growth and low-interest rate environment. U.S. Treasury yields tumbled in another safe-haven play that also bolstered demand for gold.

Mapped: Where will be worst hit by interest rate rises?

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎10 hours ago‎
"Consequently, the capital will be more constrained by mortgage market review and increased interest rate rises. This will particularly affect younger owner occupiers, who are relatively new to the market and have stretched themselves on higher loan to ...
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Sweden cuts interest rate to record low

SBS - ‎22 hours ago‎
Describing it as a "uniquely low interest rate," Riksbank Governor Stefan Ingves didn't want to speculate on future measures on Thursday but said that "unfortunately the world looks different to what it did in December," when the bank last discussed ...
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Small saving schemes to earn lower interest rates from April 1

Daily News & Analysis - ‎16 hours ago‎
On Thursday, Shaktikanta Das, economic affairs secretary in the finance ministry, said a notification would soon be issued announcing the linking of small saving interest rates to government securities (G-Secs) rates and revision of rates every quarter ...
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