Interest Rates in Europe Set to Rise Over Next Decade

Europe's demographics have helped push interest rates down in recent years, but the cost of borrowing is likely to rise as people retire later and the population grows

Stephen Ellis 3 January, 2018 | 12:12AM Allan C. Nichols

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As people live longer, the length of their expected retirement increases, which means their savings need to last longer. This in turn leads to increased savings

Demographics have been a major cause of the decline in interest rates in Europe in recent years: people are living longer, the population is falling, and there is increased uncertainty over pensions. Morningstar analysts expect these trends will continue and thus pressure interest rates for decades.

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Stephen Ellis  Stephen Ellis is a senior stock analyst on the Energy Team.

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