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Carl-Ludwig Thiele presents the new €20 banknote

The new €20 banknote is even more secure

The new €20 banknote provides for even greater security in cash payments. Its new security feature - a window in the hologram stripe - would be very difficult to forge, says Bundesbank Executive Board member Carl-Ludwig Thiele. The new banknote was launched on the 25th of November.


Financial Stability Review 2015

Bundesbank unveils Financial Stability Review 2015

Bundesbank Deputy President Claudia Buch and Executive Board member Andreas Dombret today unveiled the Bundesbank's Financial Stability Review in Frankfurt am Main.


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Countercyclical capital buffer: more capital to counter crises

The countercyclical capital buffer is designed to make banks more resilient and thus combat the threat of financial crises. A Bundesbank paper profiles this new instrument and explains how it makes banks provide for lean years during years of plenty.  


Jens Weidmann at the Frankfurter European Banking Congress

Weidmann sees growing risks of loose monetary policy

The longer euro-area monetary policy remains loose, the greater its risks. In this regard, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann, speaking at the European Banking Congress in Frankfurt am Main, referred to excesses in the financial markets and problems being faced by life insurers. Moreover, "... we should not ignore the risk that fiscal policy could get used to the very low interest rates".


Third IMF Statistical Forum in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on 19 and 20 November 2015 © Frank Rumpenhorst

Good statistics are of vital importance

"Without data, policies cannot move forward," said Min Zhu of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the 3rd IMF Statistics Forum in Frankfurt. Around 150 data producers, policy makers and academics discussed the future of statistics at the high-level, two-day conference, which was hosted by the Bundesbank.


Carl-Ludwig Thiele at the Conference

New payment methods: trust is paramount

Communication in real time is something we all take for granted. And consumers nowadays expect to be able to bank just as quickly. Bundesbank Executive Board member Carl-Ludwig Thiele says that providers vying for a stake in the new digital services market will only prevail if they can inspire long-term confidence in consumers.


Claudia M. Buch during a conversation

Oversight of shadow banking sector should be forward-looking

In an interview with the Frankfurter Rundschau, a German daily newspaper, Bundesbank Deputy President Claudia Buch said that she currently does not see the shadow banking sector as posing any major threats to financial stability. However, she thinks it is important to continue to keep a very close eye on this sector. In her view, oversight needs to be expanded and improved in order for shadow banking entities to be properly regulated.


Cash payment with a 50-euro banknote in a department store

Positive consumption activity supporting economic growth

According to the current issue of the Bundesbank's Monthly Report, the German economy remained on its growth path in the third quarter of 2015. Real GDP rose by a seasonally and calendar-adjusted 0.3% between July and September compared with the previous quarter. Domestic consumption was the main driver of economic growth.


Bundesbank - Gold bars

Bundesbank publishes gold bar list

The Deutsche Bundesbank has published a list detailing its holdings of gold bars, broken down by custodian. This list contains information about the bar numbers, the melt or inventory numbers, the gross and fine weight as well as the fineness of the individual gold bars.


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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.


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Video: The German gold reserves  

Bundesbank - Gold bars

The relocation of Germany's gold reserves is currently in full swing. In 2014, the Bundesbank transferred 120 tonnes of gold to Frankfurt am Main from storage locations abroad: 35 tonnes from Paris and 85 tonnes from New York.


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