ECB Cuts Benchmark Rate

Central bank also lowers its rate on overnight deposits to zero.

The European Central Bank cut interest rates to a record low and said it won’t pay anything on overnight deposits as the sovereign debt crisis threatens to drive the euro region into recession.

Policy makers meeting in Frankfurt today lowered the ECB’s main refinancing rate to 0.75 percent from 1 percent, as predicted by 49 of 64 economists in a Bloomberg News survey. The ECB also cut its deposit rate to zero from 0.25 percent and its marginal lending rate to 1.5 percent from 1.75 percent.

Deposit Rate

Yields on Spanish 10-year bonds fell to 6.25 percent yesterday from 6.94 percent on June 28. They rose to 6.53 percent this morning.

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