Swedish household debt levels high, not alarming -minister
KARLSTAD, Sweden, March 15
KARLSTAD, Sweden, March 15 (Reuters) - Financial Markets Minister Peter Norman on Friday played down worries about high levels of household debt, one of the reasons the central bank has kept its key rate on hold at 1 percent rather than cutting it further.
"It (debt levels) isn't alarming. It is high. Sweden and households themselves would be in better shape if it was a bit lower," Norman told Reuters.
He said he did not believe Sweden should have a strict rule that mortgage borrowers make monthly repayments to bring down the size of their loans rather than just paying the interest.
He said amortization of loans was a good thing, but there were periods in life, such as unemployment, when paying off loans was not possible. (Reporting by Simon Johnson and Johan Sennero, editing by Patrick Lannin)
- Vice-principal of South Korea school in ferry disaster commits suicide |
- After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?
- Ukraine separatists stay put despite diplomatic deal |
- All 338 Korean students, teachers rescued from sinking ferry - school official
- Retailer Michaels Stores confirms payment card data breach