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Volume 53, May/June 2018, Number 3 · pp. 174-178


Low Interest Rates and Household Portfolio Behaviour in Euro Area Countries

Manuel Rupprecht

This paper examines whether household portfolio structures change in favour of riskier assets when interest rates fall. Using euro area financial accounts data from the financial crisis through the present day, it is shown that the current low interest rate environment has not, up to this point, induced euro area households to add further risky assets to their investment portfolios.


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