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German savings banks rarely pay out profits

A large majority of savings banks in Germany are not paying out any profits to the municipalities that own them. And that's despite the fact that many of them hold far more capital than they need to under the regulatory framework. A Bundesbank research paper has now looked into the behaviour of a total of 423 savings banks.


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Tackling sovereign debt crises more effectively

The financial and sovereign debt crisis has shown that the European monetary union is not crisis-proof. In the current edition of its Monthly Report, the Bundesbank presents a number of different approaches describing how sovereign debt crises can be dealt with more effectively in future and also avoided from the outset.


Andreas Dombret at the panel discussion on Brexit

Dombret: no new post-Brexit banking crisis

According to Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret, the UK vote to leave the EU is not likely to cause any major turbulence in the financial sector. "I do not see Brexit triggering a new banking crisis," he said.


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New €50 note appearing in spring 2017

The European Central Bank and the national central banks of the Eurosystem began rolling out a second series of euro banknotes in May 2013. The new €50 banknote will start circulating on 4 April 2017.


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"Maastricht rules need strengthening"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has cautioned against using the Brexit vote as a reason to soften the fiscal rules in the euro area. In an interview with German weekly magazine Focus, Mr Weidmann stressed the importance of member states abiding by shared agreements and joint promises.


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Weidmann: Keep spell of uncertainty as short as possible

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann expects Brexit to place a strain on Germany's economy. It is in the interests of both parties, he says, for the EU and the United Kingdom to quickly enter into level-headed negotiations on their future relationship.


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IMF forecasts moderate growth in Germany

The International Monetary Fund expects moderate economic growth to continue in Germany. At the same time, IMF economists urge Germany to accelerate reforms.


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BIS calls for economic policy rebalancing

The Bank for International Settlements writes in its Annual Report that there is an urgent need to shift the global economy to a more robust, balanced and sustainable expansion. Prudential, fiscal and structural policies must come to the fore, the BIS says.


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ECB closely monitoring financial markets following UK referendum

In the wake of the UK referendum on the country's membership of the European Union, the European Central Bank and the other central banks of the Eurosystem will closely monitor developments in financial markets. In a press release approved by the Governing Council, the ECB has stated that it is in close contact with other central banks and stands ready to provide additional liquidity, if needed, in euro and foreign currencies.


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June Monthly Report published

In its recent Monthly Report the Bundesbank outlines the prospects for the German economy until the year 2018. It also explores how quantitative easing is impacting on the aggregate euro-area economy and comments on the structure and dynamics of vertical integration in manufacturing as reflected in the financial statements of German enterprises.


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