Negative interest rates

Why negative interest rates are a lousy idea
Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey
UK Economy

Why negative interest rates are a lousy idea

The Bank of England’s governor says negative interest rates can encourage investment rather than having cash stashed in the bank. But is that really t…
22 Oct 2020
I wish I knew what negative interest rates were, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what negative interest rates were, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

There’s been a lot of talk from the Bank of England recently about introducing “negative interest rates”. So what on earth are they, and what would th…
20 Oct 2020
Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts
Cash machines
Bank accounts

Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts

Negative interest rates are likely to mean the introduction of fees for current accounts and other banking products. But that might make the UK bankin…
19 Oct 2020
The MoneyWeek Podcast: Negative interest rates, armed guards and a warehouse full of cash
Global Economy

The MoneyWeek Podcast: Negative interest rates, armed guards and a warehouse full of cash

Merryn and John discuss the extraordinary idea of negative interest rates and explain why as far as they can see they just don't work. Plus, a genius …
15 Oct 2020
What would negative interest rates mean for your money?
Gold bar on euro banknotes © Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images
UK Economy

What would negative interest rates mean for your money?

There has been much talk of the Bank of England introducing negative interest rates. John Stepek explains why they might do that, and what it would me…
15 Oct 2020
Prepare yourself for negative interest rates
UK Economy

Prepare yourself for negative interest rates

There is a lot of talk about negative interest rates coming to the UK. They're a terrible idea, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
1 Oct 2020
UK banks and negative interest: money for less than nothing
UK stockmarkets

UK banks and negative interest: money for less than nothing

The upheaval at HSBC has underscored banks’ poor prospects. Negative interest rates won’t make things any easier. Matthew Partridge reports
28 May 2020
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Trump urges the US Federal Reserve to bring in negative interest rates
US Economy

Trump urges the US Federal Reserve to bring in negative interest rates

Donald Trump has urged the Federal Reserve to embrace negative interest rates.
21 May 2020
What are negative interest rates and could they happen here?
UK Economy

What are negative interest rates and could they happen here?

Negative interest rates – where banks pay you to borrow money – now exist in many parts of the world. John Stepek explains why they are a terrible ide…
18 May 2020
The dangers of negative interest rates
Economy

The dangers of negative interest rates

Negative interest rates could spark the next financial crisis. And central bankers could end up the object of the public's wrath, says Merryn Somerset…
7 Oct 2019
Navigating the weird world of negative interest rates
Economy

Navigating the weird world of negative interest rates

Investors are paying good money to be allowed to lend money to governments across the world. What on earth is going on, and what does it mean for your…
15 Aug 2019
How negative interest rates could spell the death of cash
Economy

How negative interest rates could spell the death of cash

In the topsy turvy world of negative interest rates, the pound in your pocket undergoes a bizarre change. John Stepek explains what that means for inv…
12 Aug 2019
Could interest rates go negative?
Economy

Could interest rates go negative?

The Bank of England has cut interest rates and expanded quantitative easing to boost the economy. If this fails, what might it try next? Matthew Partr…
11 Aug 2016
Negative interest rates: the assault on savers
Economy

Negative interest rates: the assault on savers

Negative interest rates are closer than you think – not to mention a ban on paper money. John Stepek looks at how you can defend your wealth.
11 Feb 2016
Negative interest rates are a crazy idea – could they happen here?
Economy

Negative interest rates are a crazy idea – could they happen here?

Matthew Lynn explains why negative interest rates would wreck Britain's economy.
6 Feb 2015