zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jun 8, 2016 8:55 AM
As The ECB threatens deeper and deeper NIRP, because that’s what the ‘economy’ needs, it seems unintended (though entirely foreseeable) consequences abound. Just three months after Munich Re – the world second-largest reinsurer – started buying gold and hoarding cash to counter negative rates, in order to avoid The ECB’s increasing ‘fees’ for depositing cash with the central banks,Reuters reports that Commerzbank – one of Germany’s largest lenders – is mulling the possibility of hoarding billions of euros in vaults.
Although no decision has yet been taken, the lender has held discussions on the matter with German authorities, said two officials, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter. As Reuters reports, a spokesman for Commerzbank said it was not storing cash “at the moment” and declined to comment on whether it might do so in the future, and The ECB declined to comment…
Commerzbank’s examination of storage alternatives to the ECB comes at a time of growing frustration among European lenders with the ECB charge on deposits.
Were it to store cash on a significant scale, it would become the first major European bank to take such a step. If other lenders were to follow suit, it could render the ECB penalty charge policy increasingly ineffective.
The ECB imposes a so-called negative rate equivalent to 4 euros annually on each 1,000 euros ($1,137) lenders deposit with the central bank. This is designed to encourage banks to lend money, rather than park it.
But some banks complain that a dim global economic outlook means there is weak demand for loans on the terms they require, and they have little option but to hoard cash.
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