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As ECB policy rates skirt the zero bound, expectations for the use of alternative tools, such as negative deposit rates are again on the rise. However, this is an ineffective and potentially harmful policy option. Several problems may arise: transmission across other … Continue reading
The reduction of the ECB’s deposit rate to 0% led to an immediate Eur500 mn drop in deposit holdings but prompted a simultaneous increase in current account holdings, leaving overall bank reserves unchanged. Yet, focus on these figures is misplaced: … Continue reading