The interest rate on German government loans with a term of thirty years is negative for the first time. This means that buyers of the government bonds now receive less money back at the end of the term. The interest rate dropped to 0.002 percent on Friday. Investors are increasingly looking for ‘safe’ investments because they think the risks of shares are too high. The fall in recent times is related to uncertainty about the progress of the world economy. It seems to be increasingly bothered by, among other things, the trade tensions between the United States and China. Until now, only Denmark and Switzerland had a negative interest rate on the long-term government loans. The debt on Dutch debt securities with a maturity of thirty years also drops steadily, but is still at 0.006 percent.