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The Bank of England’s (BOE) study of the impact of negative interest rates to support the economy from the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn revealed ‘encouraging’ evidence, said policymaker Silvana Tenreyro in a Sunday Telegraph interview published late Saturday.

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“The evidence has been encouraging,” adding that cuts in interest rates below zero had been almost fully reflected in reductions in interest rates charged to borrowers.

“Banks adapted well – their profitability increased with negative rates largely because impairments and loss provisions have decreased with the boost to activity and the increase in asset prices.”

“Flare-ups, like we’re seeing, may potentially lead to more localized lockdowns and will keep interrupting that V (-shaped recovery). Another factor interrupting the V is a very weak global outlook, with high uncertainties, particularly with a second wave already striking many countries.”

GBP/USD closes the week below 1.2750

GBP/USD dropped 1.35% in the past week to settle at 1.2747, courtesy of the coronavirus resurgence-led new restrictions and the persistent safe-haven demand for the US dollar. Although the UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak’s furlough scheme did offer a temporary reprieve to the GBP bulls.

Heading into the weekly opening in Asia on Monday, nothing seems to have changed fundamentally for the cable, as the optimism over a potential Brexit deal remains overshadowed by the virus concerns and prospects of negative interests.