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Episode 15

Jeff Meli in conversation with Zoso Davies

Do negative interest rates help or hinder the economy?

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Since the 2008 financial crisis, central banks around the globe have been on the defensive. In an effort to stabilise economies and stimulate growth, some central banks – including the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan – have cut interest rates into negative territory and kept them at these levels for years. Has this seemingly drastic step worked or have central bankers gone too far without full consideration of the logistics and consequences?

In episode 15 of The Flip Side podcast series, Jeff Meli, Head of Research, and Zoso Davies, Director, European Credit Strategy, discuss whether instituting negative interest rates provided the stimulus needed to ensure the health of certain economies, or whether a long period of negative rates is causing unintended market distortions.

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The Flip Side podcast 

This podcast series features lively debates between Barclays’ Research analysts on important topics facing economies and businesses around the globe.

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About the analysts

Jeff Meli is Head of Research within the Investment Bank at Barclays. Jeff joined Barclays in 2005 as Head of US Credit Strategy Research. He later became Head of Credit Research. He was most recently Co-Head of FICC Research and Co-Head of Research before being named Head of Research globally. Previously, he worked at Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan, with a focus on structured credit. Jeff has a PhD in Finance from the University of Chicago and an AB in Mathematics from Princeton.

Zoso Davies is a Director in the European Credit Strategy team at Barclays covering Investment Grade and Macro Credit. As part of his role, Dr. Davies regularly contributes to cross-asset and thematic research. Dr. Davies joined Barclays in 2010, prior to which he was awarded a PhD in Physical Chemistry by University College London.

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