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Wilhem Vocke in 1925

Standard bearer for Bundesbank independence

9 February marks the 130th anniversary of the birth of Wilhelm Vocke, who was President of the Board of Managers of the Bank deutscher Länder, the Bundesbank's predecessor, between 1948 and 1957. Vocke is remembered In Germany and abroad as a man who stood up for what he believed in and as the "guardian of the currency".

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A page of the Monthly Report of the Deutsche Bundesbank

Discussion paper: Monetary policy can increase banks' risk appetite

Can monetary policy measures induce financial institutions to take higher risks? This is the question addressed by the two authors of a discussion paper that the Bundesbank's Research Centre has just published. In particular, they explore how monetary policy can influence the asset (ie investment) risk entered into by banks.

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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.

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Central Office of the Deutsche Bundesbank

Bundesbank Central Office: a symbol of the Bank's stability culture

The Bundesbank's Central Office in Frankfurt am Main is more than 40 years old. For Executive Board member Johannes Beermann, "the Bundesbank's main building radiates a strong sense of objectivity and functionality; for wide sections of the general public it symbolises a culture of stability in monetary policy".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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German economic upswing continues

The German economy grew strongly in the past year. Driven by strong consumption growth, real gross domestic product (GDP), according to initial calculations by the Federal Statistical Office, was up by 1.7% from 2014.

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Skyline Frankfurt am Main

Further steps towards integration necessary prior to European deposit insurance scheme

According to the December edition of the Monthly Report, the Bundesbank believes that key preconditions for a European deposit insurance scheme are not yet met. For instance, it considers there to be a risk that a European deposit insurance scheme could be forced, indirectly, to shoulder other countries’ risks.

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Andreas Dombret in front of an artwork

G20 deputies meet in Sanya

G20 finance ministers and central bank deputies met in Sanya, China, to discuss issues such as the 2016 agenda for the Chinese G20 Presidency, which began in early December. New initiatives in financial regulation were also a topic of discussion. Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret attended as the Bundesbank’s deputy.

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