The ‘suprasecular’ stagnation

A new VOXEU post by Paul Schmelzing says that “Trends over recent decades are generally in line with a long-term ‘suprasecular’ trend of declining real rates.”

“[…] even if cyclical forces could now stabilise nominal Treasury rates beyond 3%, central bankers may find that before they have fully returned to normalised balance sheets, ‘suprasecular’ real rate trends will have caught up to them once more. Negative real rates could become a more frequent phenomenon, and indeed constitute a ‘new normal’. Absent geopolitical or natural disaster shocks – which in the past at least temporarily ‘broke’ the trend – unconventional monetary tools may (under this scenario) mature into more permanent features of the international financial system.”

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Labels: Inclusive Growth, Macro Demystified


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