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How Negative Interest Rates Work

Sweden’s central bank lowered interest rates deeper into negative territory yesterday. Two weeks ago, the Bank of Japan began its policy of negative interest rates. The European Central Bank has done the same. Even Fed Chair Janet Yellen said this week on Capitol Hill that it’s something that U.S. policymakers have considered.

“In the spirit of prudent planning, it is something that, in light of European experience, we will look at, we should look at – not because we think there is any reason to use it, but to know what could potentially be available” she said in a question-and-answer session on Wednesday before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee

To explain how negative interest rates work, Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Gillian Tett, U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times.


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