What Do Negative Interest Rates Really Mean?

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More and more of my clients are puzzled about the impact of negative interest rates. Some economists believe there is nothing special about negative interest rates, and that their impact will be just “business as usual”.

I disagree. Interest rates are the price of money. When it is negative, money turns free. When money is free, a lot of bad business decisions are made. Profits are sought in levered, and super-levered constructions of obtuse financial instruments, and real capital formation is postponed.

Remember the tower of Babel?

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