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Jens Weidmann during a speech

"Central banks are becoming their countries' largest creditors"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann is concerned about the development of government bond purchases by central banks in the euro area. "The higher the proportion of these bonds held by central banks, the greater the suspicion that the ban on the monetary financing of governments is being circumvented", Weidmann told the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.


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32nd SUERF Colloquium

SUERF - The European Money and Finance Forum, the Deutsche Bundesbank and the Foundation Geld und Währung will jointly host the 32nd SUERF Colloquium in Frankfurt on 3 and 4 February 2016. It will bring together policy makers, supervisors, academics and financial industry practitioners to exchange their views on the first year of the Single Supervisory Mechanism.


Filling out a SEPA Credit Transfer

IBAN is indispensable

Effective 1 February 2016, credit transfers will no longer be processed unless users specify an international bank account number, also known as an IBAN. From this day forward, bank sort codes and account numbers will be a thing of the past.


Gold bars in the Bundesbank vault © Marc Darchinger

Frankfurt becomes Bundesbank's largest gold storage location

The Bundesbank's relocation of gold from storage locations abroad is running very much according to schedule. In 2015, 110 tonnes from Paris and 100 tonnes from New York were transferred to Frankfurt. "With 1,402.5 tonnes of gold, Frankfurt has been our largest storage location, ahead of New York, since the end of last year," said Carl-Ludwig Thiele, Member of the Executive Board of the Bundesbank.


Jens Weidmann during his speech at the ceremony to mark Hans-Werner Sinn's Retirement

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann honours Hans-Werner Sinn

Jens Weidmann paid tribute to the achievements of Hans-Werner Sinn, the long-serving President of the ifo Institute. Mr Weidmann told the audience at a symposium held to mark Professor Sinn's retirement from office as President of the ifo Institute that he had played a major part in shaping the economic and political debate of the past few decades.


Joachim Nagel

Expansionary monetary policy:
it's important to time the exit right

The Eurosystem has been buying euro-area government bonds and other securities since January 2015 as part of an accommodative monetary policy strategy that will boost its holdings to roughly €1.5 trillion by March 2017. Writing in a guest article, Bundesbank Executive Board member Joachim Nagel warns that finding the right time to exit this loose monetary policy isn't a matter that should be put off indefinitely.  


Stacked barrels of oil

Falling oil prices could keep consumer prices low

The drop in oil prices was instrumental in driving down German consumer prices, which declined perceptibly in December from their November levels. The Deutsche Bundesbank's latest Monthly Report suggests that if crude oil prices remain at their current low level, inflation will probably stay subdued in the months to come as well.


Crane on a construction site

Investment recovering only gradually in euro-area countries

Investment is still lagging far behind pre-crisis levels across most of the euro area, the Bundesbank writes in its latest Monthly Report. Some of the factors that briefly held back investment, such as tough financing conditions, may have become less significant, but the bleaker growth prospects are continuing to weigh on the investment climate.


Central Office of the Deutsche Bundesbank

Bundesbank's Central Office to undergo extensive renovation

The Bundesbank's Executive Board has decided to extensively renovate the Bank's Central Office in Frankfurt am Main in a project that will last a number of years. "Thoroughly refurbishing the building will make it fit for the future," said Johannes Beermann, the Executive Board member whose remit includes Administration and Premises.


Andreas Dombret during a conversation

Dombret: Keep regulations for banks as straightforward as possible

The Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision (GHOS) have agreed to revise the Basel Committee's current set of banking regulations (Basel III) by the end of 2016. Speaking in an interview, Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret said the standards needed to be risk-sensitive and nonetheless kept as straightforward as possible.


Dr Andreas Dombret © Frank Rumpenhorst / Bundesbank

Dombret proposes principles of good conduct in banking

Guest contribution by Dr Andreas Dombret in "The Banker" on 20 January 2016.
In the opinion of Bundesbank Executive Board Member Andreas Dombret, regaining the public’s trust is of paramount importance for banks. In an opinion piece for the financial affairs journal The Banker, he sets out four principles of good conduct that financial institutions should implement.


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International Central Banking Courses 2016

The Centre for Technical Central Bank Cooperation will be offering more than 40 international central banking courses in 2016. Please use the online application to apply. An overview of the courses you can find here.