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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, March 01, 2021

Interest rates have been negative in Europe for years. But it took the flood of savings unleashed in the pandemic for banks finally to charge depositors in earnest. Germany's biggest lenders, Deutsche Bank AG DB -3.76% and Commerzbank AG CRZBY -2.46% , have told new customers since last year to pay a 0.5% annual rate to keep large sums of money with them. The banks say they can no longer absorb the negative interest rates the European Central Bank charges them. The more customer deposits banks have, the more they have to park with the central bank. That is creating an unusual incentive, where banks that usually want deposits as an inexpensive form of financing, are essentially telling customers to go away. Banks are even providing new online tools to help customers take their deposits elsewhere.

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Coincidentally, mattress sales are through the roof!

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