Federal Reserve Likely Won’t Adopt Negative Interest Rates in the ‘Near Term’ says Wells Fargo

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  • The Global Strategist for Wells Fargo told CNBC that the U.S. Federal Reserve probably won't be adopting negative interest anytime soon. 

  • This is contrary to what President Trump has been saying recently.

  • The U.S. President recently approved of the idea of negative interest rates in a tweet.

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Gary Schollsberg, a Global Strategist for Wells Fargo, said that the U.S. Federal Reserve won’t likely be adopting negative interest rates anytime soon.

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These thoughts were relayed to CNBC via an interview with Schollsberg yesterday.

“The Fed will do what’s necessary to maintain liquidity,” however negative interest rates seem unlikely at the moment. Europe has already tried the idea with mixed results and Schollsberg argues that there are far too many ‘unintended consequences’ when it comes to negative interest rates.

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Schollsberg also said that bond yields could drop further if the deflationary crisis in the United States worsens.

However, Schollberg’s comments are contrary to what President Trump himself has said — recently tweeting that he supported the idea of negative interest rates since other countries have been benefitting from it.

Negative interest rates would effectively mean that the Federal Reserve would be charging commercial banks for holding money. However, this ‘fee’ would likely be passed onto consumers as well.

Last year, BeInCrypto reported that German banks were already been toying with the idea for some time.

If negative interest rates become the ‘new normal,’ then Bitcoin could emerge as a suitable hedge and would be a natural catalyst for the public to move away from mainstream banking. 

With Bitcoin’s third halving now behind us, BTC currently has a lower inflation rate than all other fiat currencies. Currently, at half of the world’s average, its yearly emissions stand at around 1.8%. 

If the U.S. Fed adopted negative interest rates, it would be unprecedented. Although it may boost consumer spending in the short-term, its consequences could be far more severe than economists and policymakers realize. Luckily, there are emerging alternatives to traditional banking which provide us with a way out.

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Raised in the U.S, Lucian graduated with a BA in economic history. An accomplished freelance journalist, he specializes in writing about the cryptocurrency space and the digital '4th industrial revolution' we find ourselves in.

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