Right now, the Fed pays banks a quarter point on the money they deposit at the Fed, of which there is more than $2.5 trillion sitting idle. If the Fed eliminated that payment, or more aggressively, charged banks to hold their money, the banks would withdraw it immediately in order not to lose money on their cash holdings and, hopefully find better things to do with it, like making more loans.
In extreme circumstances, the Fed could do the same to consumers, forcing them to spend rather than save, thereby juicing the economy. However, that would be a game-changing moment in the history of monetary policy that would likely have broad political implications and could provoke Congress to limit the powers of the central bank.
For now, though, expect more Treasury auctions to go off at zero, even though recent sales have seen yields jump on worries that Congress won't raise the debt ceiling and allow the government to default on its outstanding debt.
Political risk aside, with the deficit falling to $412 billion in the fiscal year just ended, (just 2.4 percent of GDP), official short-term rates at zero and Treasury yields there as well, the government is getting enormous relief from servicing its declining debt burden.
That's the good news. The bad news is that you may have to find another spot to park your cash while you wait ever longer for the normalization of interest rates to begin.
Commentary by Ron Insana, a CNBC and MSNBC contributor and the author of four books on Wall Street. Follow him on Twitter @rinsana.