ECB cuts rates below zero to buoy euro zone economy

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The European Central Bank cut interest rates to record lows on Thursday, imposing negative rates on its overnight depositors to cajole banks into lending more and to fight off the risk of Japan-like deflation. The cut, the first time the ECB has deployed a negative deposit rate which effectively charges banks to deposit overnight, was a response to a slowdown in inflation far below the ECB’s target and to weak euro zone lending. That is a combination that risks dragging the bloc into an economic quagmire. The ECB lowered the deposit rate to -0.1 percent, meaning it will effectively charge banks for holding their money overnight. It cut its main refinancing rate to 0.15…

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