Monday, March 7, 2016

German banking association recommending banks stockpile cash for loans to stimulate economy

On March 4, the Bavarian Banking Association recommended to its member banks that they take out all their deposits being held with the European Central Bank (ECB) and stockpile the cash for use as loans in order to stimulate the economy.  This recommendation comes as the ECB prepares for negative interest rates, and the charging of interest to banks under their authority for sequestering cash in their facility.
Like with the Federal Reserve in the U.S., ever since the ECB began its own form of quantitative easing and zero interest rates, banks within the Eurozone have simply borrowed cheap money from the central bank and either bought government bonds or parked it with the ECB where they received a modicum of interest.  This has resulted in a sharp slowdown in the velocity of money, and a massive decrease in lending to businesses and the general economy.


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