The end of negative ECB interest rates: German banks reduce their vault cash
Heike MaiOn July 21, the ECB announced that it would raise the interest rate on the deposit facility from -0.
On July 21, the ECB announced that it would raise the interest rate on the deposit facility from -0.5% to 0%, effective July 27. By the end of that very month, banks in Germany had reduced their stock of banknotes and coins by a record EUR 11 billion. There is much to suggest that they will continue to reduce their non-interest-bearing cash holdings, as the ECB interest rate will rise further to 0.75% in mid-September.
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