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

Conference on Debt and Financial Stability

On 27 March 2015, the Bundesbank hosted a high-level conference on debt and financial stability as part of the German G7 Presidency. Central bankers, supervisors and academics met in Frankfurt am Main to discuss the drivers of these issues and the challenges they present to regulators.

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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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Monthly Report March: German economy remains lively

The German economy was buoyant during the first three months of the year. The Bundesbank economists, writing in the latest Monthly Report, expect economic output to remain on a marked upward trajectory in the second quarter. Another topic they discuss is what needs to be done to strengthen the regulatory framework underpinning European monetary union.

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Bundesbank posts €2.95 billion profit in 2014

The Deutsche Bundesbank posted a profit of €2.95 billion for the 2014 financial year, compared with €4.59 billion in 2013. Speaking at the financial statements press conference in Frankfurt am Main, Bundesbank­ President Jens Weidmann mainly attributed the year-on-year decline in net profit to the further drop in interest income.

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Introducing the G7

Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States together form the G7, an informal gathering of the most important industrial economies. The heads of state or government as well as the finance ministers and central bank governors of the G7 nations meet regularly to exchange views and opinions and to coordinate joint policy positions.

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Dr. Jens Weidmann and Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble

The aims of Germany's G7 presidency

Until the end of 2015, Germany has assumed the presidency of the gatherings of the G7, the seven most advanced industrial countries in the world. During this time, the sessions of the G7 finance ministers and central bank governors will be chaired by Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann and Federal Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.

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