• News
  • Celebrities
  • Finance
  • Crypto
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Health
  • Others

Economics Professor: Negative Interest Rates Aimed at Driving Small Banks Out of Business and Eliminating Cash

More than one-fifth of the world’s total GDP is in countries which have imposed negative interest rates, including Japan, the EU, Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden.

Negative interest rates are spreading worldwide.

And yet negative interest rates – supposed to help economies recover – haven’t prevented Japan and Europe’s economies from absolutely tanking.

Nor have they even stimulated spending. As ValueWalk points out:

Japan has had ultra-low rates for years and its economy has been terrible. Trillions of debt in Europe now trades at negative interest rates and its economy isn’t exactly booming. Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland all have negative interest rates, but consumer spending isn’t going up there. In fact, savings rates have been going up in lockstep with the decrease in interest rates, exactly the opposite of what the geniuses at the various central banks expected.

Why is this happening? Simply, savers are scared. Lower interest rates have wrecked their retirement plans. Say you were doing some financial planning 10 years ago and plugged in 3% from your savings account. Now its 0%. You still have to plan for your retirement. Plug in 0%. What happens to your planning now? 0% compounded for X years is 0%. The math is simple. So in order to have your target savings at retirement, you need to save more, not spend more. But for some reason, the economists that run central banks around the world can’t see this. They are all stuck in their offices talking to one another and self-reinforcing this myth that they can drive spending up by reducing the rate of return on investments. Want to see consumer spending go up? Don’t wreck their savings plans so that they are too scared to spend. But that’s too simple. Instead, central banks use a chain of causation that doesn’t exist to try to create change 3 or 4 steps down the line. It hasn’t worked, and it won’t work. It isn’t in an individual’s self-interest to go out and spend their money on more “stuff” in order to spur economic growth.

So what’s really going on? Why are central banks worldwide pushing negative interest rates?

Economics professor Richard Werner – the creator of quantitative easing – notes:

The experience of Switzerland [shows that] negative rates raise banks’ costs of doing business. The banks respond by passing on this cost to their customers. Due to the already zero deposit rates, this means banks will raise their lending rates. As they did in Switzerland. In other words, reducing interest rates into negative territory will raise borrowing costs!

If this is the result, why do central banks not simply raise interest rates? This would achieve the same result, one might think. However, there is a crucial difference: raised rates will allow banks to widen their interest margin and make their business more profitable. With negative rates, banks’ margins will stay low and the financial situation of the banks will stay precarious and indeed become ever more precarious.

As readers know, we have been arguing that the ECB has been waging war on the ‘good’ banks in the eurozone, the several thousand small community banks, mainly in Germany, which are operated not for profit, but for co-operative members or the public good (such as the Sparkassen public savings banks or the Volksbank people’s banks). The ECB and the EU have significantly increased regulatory reporting burdens, thus personnel costs, so that many community banks are forced to merge, while having to close down many branches. This has been coupled with the ECB’s policy of flattening the yield curve (lowering short rates and also pushing down long rates via so-called ‘quantitative easing’). As a result banks that mainly engage in traditional banking, i.e. lending to firms for investment, have come under major pressure, while this type of ‘QE’ has produced profits for those large financial institutions engaged mainly in financial speculation and its funding.

The policy of negative interest rates is thus consistent with the agenda to drive small banks out of business and consolidate banking sectors in industrialised countries, increasing concentration and control in the banking sector.

It also serves to provide a (false) further justification for abolishing cash. And this fits into the Bank of England’s surprising recent discovery that the money supply is created by banks through their action of granting loans: by supporting monetary reformers, the Bank of England may further increase its own power and accelerate the drive to concentrate the banking system if bank credit creation was abolished and there was only one true bank left – the Bank of England. This would not only get us back to the old monopoly situation imposed in 1694 when the Bank of England was founded as a for-profit enterprise by private profiteers. It would also further the project to increase control over and monitoring of the population: with both cash and bank credit alternatives abolished, all transactions, money creation and allocation would be implemented by the Bank of England.

If this sounds like a “conspiracy theory”, the Financial Times argued in 2014 that central banks would be the real winners from a cashless society:

Central bankers, after all, have had an explicit interest in introducing e-money from the moment the global financial crisis began…

The introduction of a cashless society empowers central banks greatly. A cashless society, after all, not only makes things like negative interest rates possible, it transfers absolute control of the money supply to the central bank, mostly by turning it into a universal banker that competes directly with private banks for public deposits. All digital deposits become base money.

About The Authors

Mariella Blankenship

Mariella Blankenship - Mariella is an SEO writer who helps companies improve their Google search rankings. Her work has appeared in a variety of e-zine publications. She writes articles for site-reference newletter.com on a daily basis about SEO techniques. Her articles strive to strike a balance between being insightful and meeting SEO requirements–but never at the cost of being enjoyable to read.

Recent Articles

  • Crypto Accessories Every Crypto Holder Should Know About

    Crypto Accessories Every Crypto Holder Should Know About

    These days, crypto accessories and gadgets can be found everywhere. There is a vast selection of products available for purchase, ranging from cryptocurrency wallets to devices that make buying and storing NFTs easier. If you enjoy cryptocurrencies and would like to own some, trade some, and play around with it, read on. These Bitcoin accessories will quickly become some of your favorite electronic gizmos.

  • MoviesCouch Hollywood Movies Download – Down, Down The Drain

    MoviesCouch Hollywood Movies Download – Down, Down The Drain

    It looks like one site will let down film lovers who used to frequent it for movies that they can download for free. If you’re looking for MoviesCouch Hollywood movies download, prepare to be disappointed.

  • Best Lotion For Jerking Off That Won't Damage Your Skin In 2022

    Best Lotion For Jerking Off That Won't Damage Your Skin In 2022

    Many people nowadays are looking for the best lotion for jerking off that will enhance their self-pleasure moments while not harming their skin.

  • Gerard Butler Net Worth - The Real Leonidas Of Sparta

    Gerard Butler Net Worth - The Real Leonidas Of Sparta

    The Scottish actor Gerard Butler net worth is $40 million. Gerard originally majored in law, but he gradually drifted toward acting and grew to be one of Hollywood's most known faces.

  • Keanu Reeves - $380 Mill Net Worth, Career, Earnings And Lifestyle In 2022

    Keanu Reeves - $380 Mill Net Worth, Career, Earnings And Lifestyle In 2022

    A musician, actor, producer, and philanthropist, Keanu Reeves net worth is $380 million. He has acted in scores of movies throughout the years, some of which have grossed billions of dollars at the box office. He is likely best known for the John Wick and The Matrix movie series.

  • MoviezAddiction.Website – Feeding People’s Craving For Films, TV Shows

    MoviezAddiction.Website – Feeding People’s Craving For Films, TV Shows

    Addicted to movies and TV shows? Not wanting to make you become more obsessed, but have you heard about MoviezAddiction.website, a source of thousands of films and shows you can download?

  • Can You Trust Rhino Air Hockey?

    Can You Trust Rhino Air Hockey?

    Work and family take up so much of our time these days that it's surprising how little time we have left for our enjoyment and fun. But just because we're adults doesn't mean we have to make our whole lives about work. You need to play Rhino Air Hockey Table to add joy to your life, relieve stress, and connect with other people and the world around you.

  • How Much Is A Mail Order Bride? Mail Order Bride Cost Estimated

    How Much Is A Mail Order Bride? Mail Order Bride Cost Estimated

    Interested in mail order bride pricing? Our estimations of mail order bride cost will help you on your quest for a foreign soulmate. Read this to learn more!

  • Head Of AmCham Guatemala Juan Pablo Carrasco De Groote: The “Art Of The Deal” (Guatemala-style)

    Head Of AmCham Guatemala Juan Pablo Carrasco De Groote: The “Art Of The Deal” (Guatemala-style)

    For over 10 years, the head of AmCham Guatemala has been Juan Pablo Carrasco de Groote – the unchanging face of the chamber of commerce.