(Marketwatch) The Federal Reserve should consider using negative rates to counter the next serious downturn, said former chairman Ben Bernanke in an interview with MarketWatch.

“I think negative rates are something the Fed will and probably should consider if the situation arises,” Bernanke said in the interview last month.

Former Fed Vice Chairman Alan Blinder urged the Fed during the financial crisis to set negative interest rates for overnight deposits — essentially charging banks a fee to park funds at the central bank.

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