영국의 중앙은행과 유럽 중앙은행이 전세계 금융위기와 심각한 경기후퇴 위험에 대처하기 위해 기준 금리를 내렸습니다.
영국 중앙은행은 오늘 기준금리를 1.5% 포인트 내려, 기준 금리가 50년만에 최저 수준인 3%까지 떨어졌습니다.
유럽 중앙은행도 기준 금리를 0.5% 포인트 내렸습니다.
이같은 금리 인하 발표에도 불구하고 유럽 증시는 오늘 급락했고 미국 증권 선물시장도 하락세를 보였습니다.
The Bank of England and the European Central Bank have slashed key interest rates as they battle the global financial crisis and the threat of a deep recession.
The Bank of England today (Thursday) cut its benchmark lending rate a sharp one-and-a-half percentage points, bringing the interest rate to its lowest level in half a century (three percent).
European Central Bank officials also reduced their benchmark rate by half-a-percentage point (to three-and-a-quarter percent).
Central banks and top economic officials around the world have been worried that tight credit markets -- a hallmark of the current financial situation -- will cause business activity to stall, and push the economy deeper into recession. Central bank officials say the lower interest rates should encourage banks to lend to each other and to businesses, and spur economic growth.
European stock indexes were down sharply in midday trading, following the announcements, and U.S. stock futures were also lower.