The Madness of Central Banks:
One need not have a PhD in economics to recognize that negative interest rates are financial lunacy. Who in their right mind would actually pay someone to take out a loan?
But negative interest rates are far worse than that. By eradicating interest rates, the #ECB has eviscerated the #banking business model in Europe.
Banks generate profits through either lending at interest or investing for interest. Without interest rates, the traditional banking business model cannot generate any profits--witness the travails of German banking giants Deutsch Bank and Commerzbank.
Banks and bankers as a whole are quite "systemically important". Without banks, business #finance cannot happen--again, one needs no deep education economics or accounting to understand that.
Yet the ECB has, through intentional and deliberate acts of financial sabotage, put European banks on a path to extinction.
Stupidity or Malice? The world wonders.