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BoE’s Tucker moots negative interest rates to kick-start economy

BoE’s Tucker moots negative interest rates to kick-start economy

Paul Tucker, the deputy governor at the Bank of England, has suggested negative interest rates should be considered to kick-start bank lending.

Speaking to MPs on the Treasury Committee, Tucker said he raised the idea as one alternative way to help revive the UK economy, the BBC reports.

Negative interest rate would mean the Central Bank charges commercial banks to hold their money, with the aim of spurring the banks to lend more.

‘I hope we will think about whether there are constraints to setting negative interest rates,’ said Tucker.

‘This would be an extraordinary thing to do and it needs to be thought through carefully.’

Interest rates have been stuck at a record low of 0.5% for nearly four years, punishing savers who have seen the income from their savings drop since the crisis.

Other measures undertaken by the Bank to boost the economy have included £375 billion of quantitative easing.

Further possible measures include buying assets other than government bonds and reducing the marginal rate of interest on bank reserves held at the Bank to encourage them to lend more, the BBC reports.

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