Tag Archives: interest rates

China’s central bank cuts interest rates

China flag central bank PBOC

China took fresh moves to free up money for its slowing economy, after global investors expressed concerns over Beijing’s management of the world’s No. 2 economy. The country’s central bank said in a statement on Tuesday that it cut interest rates by one-quarter of a percentage point and reduced bank-reserve requirements ...

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Negative interest rates are coming to America

Obama Bernanke Yellen

American savers have had it hard enough, earning next to nothing on bank deposits and money market funds. But could it get worse, with banks here charging depositors interest to hold their money and high-quality bonds yielding nothing at all? It might seem a curious question, given broad expectations for ...

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Sweden cuts rates below zero, launches QE

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Sweden has cut interest rates below zero and launched quantitative easing to fight deflation, becoming the latest Scandinavian state to join Europe’s escalating currency wars. The Riksbank caught markets by surprise, reducing the benchmark lending rate to minus 0.10pc and unveiled its first asset purchases, vowing to take further action ...

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UK banks won’t survive another recession

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Former Bank of England governor Mervyn King has warned that British banks are too weak to weather another financial crisis, adding that government officials haven’t “got to the heart” of what went wrong in 2008. Speaking to BBC Radio 4 on Monday, King criticised current measures being taken by the ...

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The globalists are losing control

Bank of Japan BOJ

The central planners are in a state of fear and panic. They are trying everything and anything to create market validation for their policies, watching with trepidation as their favored economic metrics fail to respond to all of their frenzied efforts. They are so far over the tips of their ...

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German bank hits savers with ‘negative interest rates’

Mario Draghi ECB

Deutsche Skatbank, a division of VR-Bank Altenburger Land, which was founded in 1859, is not the biggest bank in Germany, but it’s the first bank to confirm what German savers have been dreading for a while: the wrath of Draghi. Retail and business customers with over €500,000 on deposit as ...

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Banks may start charging for deposits

Bank deposit

The Fed’s Catch 22 just got catchier. While most attention in the recently released FOMC minutes fell on the return of the taper as a possibility even as soon as December (making the November payrolls report the most important ever, ever, until the next one at least), a less discussed issue was the ...

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Ron Paul: the Federal Reserve has lost control of interest rates

Ron Paul

Today, Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul issued the following statement in response to the Federal Open Market Committee’s decision to continue its failed bond buying program: “Chairman Bernanke and the government falsely believe they can single-handedly control interest rates. Yes, there can be some manipulation, but markets are much ...

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Australia will be a casualty of the currency wars

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The world’s most powerful nations are sitting on zero interest rates and printing money to get their currencies down, and there’s very little Australia can do about it, writes Alan Kohler. The currency war will be on in earnest in 2013 as the United States, Europe, Japan and China all ...

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RBS traders boast of making major $$$ by rigging interest rates

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Senior traders at Royal Bank of Scotland boasted about operating a “cartel” that made “amazing” amounts of money by rigging interest rates, it has been disclosed. Internal messages revealed in court documents apparently show how traders claimed they could manipulate Libor, which is used to set borrowing costs for millions ...

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