Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ahead Of Today's Fed (non)Action, Korean Central Bank Says Negative Rates Don't Work

From Reuters:

Negative interest rates to have limited impact on economic growth - BOK paper
Negative interest rates adopted by a number of central banks in Europe and in Japan are expected to have only a limited impact in shoring up economic growth, a research paper from South Korea's central bank said on Wednesday.
Several factors could lead to negative policy rates failing to achieve their goals, the Bank of Korea (BOK) report said, including half-hearted declines in bank deposit rates as commercial banks try to keep their customer base intact.

Negative rates cannot fully influence the economies implementing them if they are still trapped in structural low growth and low inflation, it said.

Although the research paper did not mention the implications negative rates would have on South Korea, it was released just a day after the country's president said she favours moving in the direction of quantitative easing.

The mere fact that below-zero rates are adopted could also hurt sentiment by kindling fears that a country is in economic trouble, the report said.

"If economic agents accept the institution of negative interest rates as a bad signal, that the economy is shrinking or deflation is worse than expected, it may hold back economic activity," said the paper, jointly authored by BOK officials Kim Bo Sung, Park Ki-dok and Joo Hyun Do.

Bank customers may hoard cash instead to avoid negative interest rates, leading to instability in cash flows, the paper added....MORE
HT: The Capital Spectator