The economic situation in Germany is charting a positive course. According to the current issue of the Monthly Report, industrial enterprises, in particular, have been benefiting from lively demand from within Germany and elsewhere.
The German economy saw renewed stronger growth at the end of 2016. The brisker rate of expansion was driven primarily by exports and construction activity, according to the Bundesbank’s latest Monthly Report, which also notes that the labour market improved again after a slight dip in summer.
The prevailing low-interest-rate environment is putting pressure on German banks' earnings. According to the assessment published in a new discussion paper, a prolonged period of such low interest rates would result in only 20% of German banks remaining in a position to earn a cost of capital of 8% by the end of the decade.
The year 2016 saw Germany's economy grow at its fastest rate in five years. Initial Federal Statistical Office calculations indicate that real gross domestic product rose by 1.9% on the year and that consumption was the chief source of growth.
Households' net wealth in the euro area as a whole fell by around 10% between 2010 and 2014 according to a study by the European Central Bank. This contrasts with Germany, where net wealth increased during the same period. Developments in the housing markets were one major reason for this.
Germany's economy is on a sound upward path, as indicated by the Deutsche Bundesbank's semi-annual economic projection. Domestic demand is the chief driver of the current upswing.
The German economy lost some of its momentum in the third quarter of 2016. According to the Bundesbank’s Monthly Report, the domestic economy drove growth but was unable to make up for the fall in exports. The Bundesbank’s economists are nevertheless optimistic about the final quarter of 2016.
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has urged a timely exit from the ultra-accommodative monetary policy. In a speech delivered in Berlin, he stressed that sovereign asset purchases should not shift the red line representing the border to monetary financing of governments.
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