If there is a negative real interest rate, it means that the inflation rate is greater than the nominal interest rate.

If the Federal funds rate is 2% and the inflation rate is 10%, then the borrower would gain 7.27% of every dollar borrowed per year.

## What happens if interest rates are negative?

A negative interest rate means that the central bank (and perhaps private banks) will charge negative interest. Instead of receiving money on deposits, depositors must pay regularly to keep their money with the bank.

## Can the real interest rate be negative?

Real interest rates can be negative, but nominal interest rates cannot. Real interest rates are negative when the rate of inflation is higher than the nominal interest rate. Nominal interest rates cannot be negative because if banks charged a negative nominal interest rate, they would be paying you to borrow money!

## Can the nominal interest rate ever be negative can the real interest rate ever be negative explain?

Nominal interest rates cannot be negative. Suppose nominal interest rates were negative. In this case borrowing money increases your wealth and lending money decreases your nominal wealth. Nobody would be willing to lend and everybody would be willing to borrow.

## Why is Euribor negative?

A negative euribor rate means that the interest rate is negative- instead of paying interest to borrow money, you’re being paid money to borrow someone elses money (a bit backwards from what we consider “normal”). But sometimes even 0% interest rates aren’t enough, and they can go (slightly) negative.