World Economy

RBS to Impose Negative Rates on Some Clients

RBS to Impose Negative Rates  on Some ClientsRBS to Impose Negative Rates  on Some Clients

Royal Bank of Scotland says it will charge some corporate customers for accepting their deposits—the first UK bank to impose so-called negative interest rates after the Bank of England slashed borrowing costs to spur investment, AP reported. RBS, bailed out by taxpayers during the financial crisis, says negative interest will apply only to the overnight rate for a limited number of institutions that are required to have money on deposit to complete futures trades. RBS said Saturday it “will now be passing the cost of holding such deposits onto a limited number of our institutional clients.” The Bank of England this month slashed its benchmark rate to a record-low 0.25% as part of a package of stimulus measures to boost confidence following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Royal Bank of Scotland swung to a loss in the second quarter of 2016 as it set aside more cash to cover litigation and conduct issues as it cleans up the problems that led to a taxpayer-funded bailout at the height of the global financial crisis.