Swiss bank breaks negative deposit rates taboo

“The Alternative Bank Schweiz (ABS) caused shockwaves with a letter sent to all clients informing them that it would begin imposing interest charges on deposits in 2016.  For current accounts, the bank said it would impose a -0.125-percent rate, while slapping a -0.75-percent rate on client deposits higher than 100,000 Swiss francs.  ABS, which grew out of the ideals the 1960’s protest movement, justified the unprecedented development by saying it would provide manoeuvering room for financing ‘meaningful projects’.  The Swiss central bank introduced a negative deposit rate in January after it abruptly abandoned its three-year effort to hold down the franc’s exchange rate to protect exports.”–sector.html

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