‘Persistent low rates point to malaise in world economy’

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Basel/New Delhi | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on June 28, 2015

“The unthinkable risks are becoming routine and being perceived as the new normal.”

Raising the red flag over interest rates remaining “extraordinarily low” globally, banking regulators’ body BIS today said easy monetary regimes are resulting in a build-up of financial vulnerabilities.

The observation of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) comes against the backdrop of concerns that sudden reversal in relaxed monetary policies of advanced economies could have a significant fallout on emerging markets, including India, which have been witnessing higher foreign capital inflows.

In its annual report released today, BIS said globally, interest rates have been extraordinarily low for an exceptionally long time, in nominal and inflation-adjusted terms, against any benchmark.

“Such low rates are the most remarkable symptom of a broader malaise in the global economy: the economic expansion is unbalanced, debt burden and financial risks are still too high, productivity growth too low, and the room for manoeuvring in macroeconomic policy too limited.

“The unthinkable risks are becoming routine and being perceived as the new normal,” it said.

According to BIS, this malaise also reflects the failure to come to grips with financial booms and busts that leave deep and enduring economic scars.

“Domestic policy regimes have been too narrowly concerned with stabilising short-term output and inflation and have lost sight of slower-moving but more costly financial booms and busts.

“And the international monetary and financial system has spread easy monetary and financial conditions in the core economies to other economies through exchange rate and capital flow pressures, furthering the build-up of financial vulnerabilities,” BIS said.

Recently, Reserve Bank of India Governor had cautioned against competitive monetary policy easing by central banks.

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Published on June 28, 2015
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