Could negative interest rates encourage more crypto-adoption ?

By RealSociology | Economic Musings | 24 Jul 2020

Back in May, it was revealed that the Governor of the Bank of England was considering negative interest rates in order to encourage spending to stimulate the languishing covid-economy.

We haven't yet tipped into negative rates, adopting QE and a cut to a very low 0.1% rate instead, but it's likely that the worst repercussions of covid-19 won't be felt until later this year - once furlough wraps up and job loses kick in - and so we might see a negative rate introduced sometime in Autumn or Winter.

There is precedent: Japan and Sweden have previously introduced negative interest rates.

I've personally got about £10K kicking around in cash in several different savings accounts, and I've had a lot of emails and letters telling me of my declining interest rate (which was bad enough already), but what affect would negative interest rates have?

Possible consequences of negative interest rates

The first thing that springs to mind is my having to pay to hold savings in a bank....

And just a -0.1% interest rate, I'd pay £100 a year on £10K savings if there was a direct transfer over to me, the consumer....

Now £10K is not a lot of savings in the grand scheme of things, but just the thought of paying around £8 a month to hold it in a bank, that grates, that grates a lot!

In fact I imagine most people would think like me - they'd rather take the money out and store it under the mattress than pay to keep it in a bank, so I imagine banks will be stealthy in the way they'd pass any fees on.

So if we get negative interest rates, I guess bank fees for standard account packages will become more widespread, the fees being linked to the negative rate and tiered so that those paying a higher fee don't pay interest.

I've also read that UBS bank is already charging around a 0.6% fee for wealthier clients holding more than $500 000, which is equivalent to $3000 a year....

Could this mean more crypto adoption?

Surely a negative interest rate would encourage more crypto-adoption?

Especially when the price of BTC has been relatively stable of late....
BTC price stability.JPG

And the fact that its price is increasingly linked to stocks, this might give new adopters the feeling that it's 'becoming legitimate' - certainly the adoption stats bare this out, with the numbers of people who have bought into crypto in the UK having nearly doubled in the last year.

Crypto marketing should focus on passive returns

The possibility of negative interest rates on FIAT is a great opportunity for crypto - with so many opportunities to earn a passive income - through sites such as Blockfi, or, in the case of Hive and LEO, powering them up and staking for curation returns - I know it's not the same as interest, but it's a passive return, or at least a passive-ish return, like with interest.

Especially when you consider the relative annual approximate percentage returns going forwards (1):


Then crypto sounds like a no-brainer!

(1) based on my own stats!

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