Negative rates are just a tax, of course. Pretty close to a PSI.
With deficits as high as they are, all they need to do is leave it all alone and a modest recovery will quickly materialize. But instead they keep pressing the austerity with a ‘we’ve paid the price to get this far- there’s no going back now’ mentality.
*ECB’S CONSTANCIO SAYS NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES ALWAYS POSSIBLE
*CONSTANCIO SAYS IMPACT OF NEGATIVE DEPOSIT RATE NOT CLEAR
*CONSTANCIO: ECB HAS LOOKED AT NEGATIVE RATES AT OTHER CENBANKS
*CONSTANCIO: ECB IS TECHNICALLY READY FOR NEG RATES IF NEEDED
*CONSTANCIO: ECB HASN’T MADE DECISION ON NEGATIVE DEPOSIT RATE
> but also – overlooked:
*CONSTANCIO SAYS ECB LOOKS AY FX RATE FOR INFLATION OUTLOOK
> ECB will revise HICP path at the March meeting