According to Wieland, bank customers do not necessarily have to assume an increase in fees on bank deposits. It is not easy for banks to pass on negative interest rates to customers. "Negative interest rates would frighten off customers".
In his opinion, the phase with negative interest rates will last for quite some time. "However, some day interest rates will rise again". Due to the weak economic development in the euro area in the year 2014 and 2015, an expansionary monetary policy was appropriate. As Wieland pointed out, the measures to stimulate economic development had been excessive. Especially in the past two years, the ECB could already have stopped bond purchases and started raising interest rates in a prudent way. Fundamentally, an expansionary monetary policy had been adequate, Wieland argued. "It is a question of the right dosage though".
SWR2 - Geld, Markt, Meinung: "Minusgeschäft Sparen: Jetzt drohen jedem Negativzinsen"
(Loss-making venture: negative interest rates are looming for everyone)
(Interview with Volker Wieland in German: 05:40 min. - 11:45 min.)