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Improved performance of German banks in 2015

German banks continued to improve their performance in 2015. However, an analysis in the Bundesbank's September Monthly Report also reveals that the sustained pressure on margins is increasingly squeezing the profit potential from interest business.


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Is monetary policy increasing inequality?

Critics claim that the Eurosystem's current monetary policy stance is increasing the inequality of wealth distribution. An analysis in the Bundesbank's latest Monthly Report shows that they shouldn't jump to conclusions.


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Weidmann: rein in government debt effectively

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has come out in favour of tightening fiscal policy rules. He noted that three-quarters of all euro-area countries were still set to remain far removed from a sound fiscal position in 2018, emphasising that "that is not what fiscal consolidation looks like".


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"Problematic proximity to fiscal policy"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann warns against asking too much of monetary policy, saying in an interview with various European newspapers that the European Central Bank can't solve every problem.


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Claudia Buch appointed Chair of Irving Fisher Committee

Claudia Buch, Vice-President of the Deutsche Bundesbank, has been appointed as Chair of the Irving Fisher Committee on Central Bank Statistics (IFC). The appointment was approved by the All Governors Meeting of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).


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Bundesbank sends representative to South Africa

The Deutsche Bundesbank posted its first-ever representative to South Africa at the country's German Embassy on 1 August 2016 with a view to deepening the bank's cooperation with the G20 emerging market economy.


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Honouring Hans Tietmeyer at 85

The Bundesbank recalls the achievements of its former President Hans Tietmeyer, who has just turned 85. In a conversation with publisher David Marsh, Hans Tietmeyer reviews past monetary policy decisions.


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Pension adjustments unavoidable

In the latest issue of the Monthly Report, the Bundesbank explains the need for adjustment to the statutory pension insurance scheme arising from continued demographic change, arguing that raising the retirement age again cannot be taboo.


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"We have come to a crossroads"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has called on European governments to make a decision: relinquish sovereign rights or step up individual national responsibility. "Sooner or later, a pivotal decision has to be taken if we want to safeguard the monetary union as a union of stability," Mr Weidmann said in an interview.


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New capital requirements for banks

In future, it should be possible to resolve banks in an orderly fashion without endangering financial stability and leaving the taxpayer to foot the bill. With the implementation of TLAC and MREL, new standards were defined at both the global and the European level to ensure the resolvability of institutions in the event of a crisis. In its latest Monthly Report, the Bundesbank describes how both concepts work and how they differ from one another.


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