Swedish krona emerges as funding currency of choice

As negative rates take hold in the G10 space, strategists re-evaluate outlook


The Swedish krona has emerged as a possible funding currency, along with the Swiss franc, say strategists, after Sweden became the latest country to flip its interest rates into negative territory – the new normal in the G10 space. 

On February 12, Sweden's Riksbank cut its benchmark repo rate to -0.10% to counter the effects of low oil prices on inflation while governor Stefan Ingves left the door open for further cuts, saying the central bank was "far from the lower bound".

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