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Subdued world economic outlook discussed at IMF Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is being held from 8 to 11 October in Lima against the backdrop of a perceptible deterioration in the outlook for the global economy. The IMF lowered its growth forecast for the global economy in the run-up to the meeting.


Bundesbank - Gold bars

Bundesbank publishes gold bar list

The Deutsche Bundesbank has published a list detailing its holdings of gold bars, broken down by custodian. This list contains information about the bar numbers, the melt or inventory numbers, the gross and fine weight as well as the fineness of the individual gold bars.


Exhibition on German Unity Day

Bundesbank exhibition attracts more than 10,000 visitors

Around 1.4 million people celebrated the 25th anniversary of German reunification at a huge public festival from 2 to 4 October in Frankfurt. Thousands of people visited the exhibition organised by the Bundesbank and the City of Frankfurt to learn about German monetary union.


Jens Weidmann giving an interview

"There can be no talk of deflation"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has warned against frantic activism given the low inflation rates in the euro area. The drastic drop in energy prices constitutes a "decent stimulus package", he said in an interview with the German news weekly Der Spiegel.


Three persons during a meeting

Monthly Report: euro-area lending on the mend

Bank lending to non-financial corporations has put in a slight recovery over the past two years. The latest edition of the Bundesbank's Monthly Report sees the improved economy as a key contributing factor.


Dr Jens Weidmann

Weidmann: single deposit guarantee scheme premature

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has come out against the creation of a single deposit guarantee scheme in the euro area in the near future. He sees a risk that depositors will end up carrying the can for distressed banks in other European countries.


Presentation of the results of the survey

Persistently low interest rates weighing on German credit institutions

Persistently low interest rates are putting small and medium-sized credit institutions to the test, as shown by a survey of around 1,500 institutions conducted by BaFin and the Bundesbank. The banks now need to work on the profitability of their business models, said Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret.


Images of unity: Bundesbank exhibiting iconic photograph by Barbara Klemm

Images of unity: Bundesbank exhibiting iconic photograph by Barbara Klemm

As part of celebrations in Frankfurt am Main marking the 25th anniversary of German reunification, numerous Frankfurt institutions and businesses are exhibiting works by Barbara Klemm. A historical photo by the artist from 1989 is displayed on the facade of the Bundesbank's Regional Office.


An employee in front of monitors in the trading room

Discussion paper: equity price increases amplify net wealth inequality

Economists from the University of Mannheim and the Bundesbank's Research Centre have found that rising equity prices cause greater net wealth inequality among euro-area house-holds. Property price increases, on the other hand, close the gap between rich and poor.


Cash payment with a 20-euro banknote at a market

Bundesbank: strong pace of economic growth continues into summer

According to the Bundesbank, the German economy maintained its recent spell of fairly strong growth during the summer months. Writing in the September edition of the Monthly Report, the Bank's economists note that the pick-up in industrial activity is still taking some time to materialise, however.


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