Negative Rates Trigger Cash Hoarding, Could This Affect The Pawn Industry?

"Negative rates may not have found their way to bank deposits in most locales (yet), but that doesn't mean the public isn't starting to see the writing on the wall....Now that the cash ban calls have gotten sufficiently loud to be heard by the generally clueless masses and now that the likes of Jose Canseco are shouting about negative rates, savers are beginning to pull their money out of the banks. 'Look no further than Japan's hardware stores for a worrying new sign that consumers are hoarding cash--the opposite of what the Bank of Japan had hoped when it recently introduced negative interest rates,' WSJ wrote this morning. 'Signs are emerging of higher demand for safes-a place where the interest rate on cash is always zero, no matter what the central bank does.'"

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