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IMF spring meeting 2015 © Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank

IMF Spring Meetings to focus on quota and governance reform

The Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are being held in Washington, DC, this coming weekend. G20 finance ministers and central bank governors will also be convening on the sidelines of these meetings from 17 to 19 April. One of the main topics at the meeting will be organisational reforms at the International Monetary Fund.

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Sharp rise in demand for loans for house purchase in Germany

Demand for loans for house purchase and consumer credit rose sharply in Germany in the first quarter of 2015. This is revealed by the Bundesbank's most recent Bank Lending Survey in Germany. The increased demand was met with only a slight change in German credit institutions' credit standards.

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Conference on Debt and Financial Stability – Regulatory Challenges © Frank Rumpenhorst / Bundesbank

"Sovereign debt needs to be backed by capital"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann calls for a reassessment of the risks of government bonds in banks’ balance sheets. At a high-level Bundesbank conference in Frankfurt am Main, he advocated moving forward with a European solution should it be impossible to achieve global agreement.

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Next step to European financial integration: the capital market union

Andreas Dombret, member of the Bundesbank´s Executive Board, considers a capital market union to be another project that will contribute to enhancing the stability of the European economy. "Following monetary union and the banking union, this will be the third major step of financial integration in Europe", he said in a speech at the South African Institute for International Affairs in Johannesburg.

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Debt level and debt ratio as defined in the Maastricht Treaty, 2000-2014

German Maastricht debt ratio down markedly to 74.7%

According to the provisional Bundesbank calculations, general government debt in Germany as defined in the Maastricht Treaty amounted to approximately €2.168 trillion at the end of 2014. The debt level thus increased by €2 billion on the year. Owing to nominal GDP growth, the debt ratio decreased by 2.4 percentage points to 74.7%.

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 Dr. Jens Weidmann

"Time is running out"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann believes that Greece does not have much time left to avert a sovereign default. "It is crucial that there is less talk and more action," he said in an interview with Focus magazine. In his view, if the negotiated reform agreements were met, the country would be able to enjoy economic success again.

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New Bundesbank app for smartphones and tablets

The Deutsche Bundesbank has launched its own app for smartphones and tablets, which is available for download free of charge. This new app provides users with the latest information on Bundesbank publications, matters of interest and key dates, all in one convenient location. An interactive module on banknote recognition explains the security features of euro banknotes.

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Dr Andreas Dombret © Frank Rumpenhorst / Bundesbank

"More still needs to be done"

Andreas Dombret, member of the Bundesbank's Executive Board, believes there is still much unfinished business in banking regulation. Progress still has to be made this year on the "too big to fail" problem to ensure that taxpayers are not held liable when a bank fails, he said in an interview with the German financial weekly Euro am Sonntag. He also pointed out the need for action in monitoring shadow banks and adequately regulating the derivatives markets.

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 Dr. Jens Weidmann

"Monetary policy should not be absolved of responsibility for financial stability"

In the opinion of Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann, monetary policy makers must not stand idly by at the first signs of speculative exaggerations in the asset markets. As part of their existing mandate, they have to also take into account the effects of financial imbalances on price stability.

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Germany´s gold reserves

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. A new film explains how Germany's gold reserves came into being and the reasons behind the relocation.

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Technical Central Bank Cooperation

International Central Banking Courses 2015

The Centre for Technical Central Bank Cooperation will be offering a range of international central banking courses in 2015 as well. Please use the online application to apply. An overview of these courses you can find here.

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The German gold reserves  

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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