Could negative interest rates be on the horizon? As we discussed in a recent article on this site, a documented “war on cash” has already been initiated in several countries worldwide. In Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the euro zone, central banks are using negative interest rates policy (NIRP) as a primary weapon in trying to force feed stagnant economies into growth. Here in America, Janet Yellen recently said that if circumstances warrant, negative interest rates are “on the table.” Another Federal Reserve governor was quoted last fall as stating “negative interest rates are inevitable in the U.S.” The same thought process is in play at the Bank of England.
There appears to be a growing war on cash as evidenced by more frequent reports in the mainstream media suggesting central banks and federal governments are supporting the banning of currency (cash) in the foreseeable future. Consumer spending in most developed countries makes up at least 50% of the Gross Domestic Product. However, with sluggish growth at best in most developed countries, the ‘powers that be’ are looking to encourage the populace to spend money rather than save it. Thus the motivation for the war on cash.