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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, as part of the German G7 Presidency, will be hosting a high-level conference on debt and financial stability. Central bankers, supervisors and academics will be meeting in Frankfurt am Main to discuss the drivers of and the challenges presented by these issues 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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Dr. Jens Weidmann

"Several governments did not use the time"

 Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann believes that the French and Italian governments have finally accepted that reforms had been put on hold for too long. Implementation was now key, he said in an interview with the German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, adding that he sincerely hoped for success because both countries were extremely important for the stability of the euro area.

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ECB publishes first-ever monetary policy meeting account

The European Central Bank (ECB) has published its first-ever account, a document summarising the discussions of the ECB Governing Council's monetary policy meetings. The minutes of these meetings, however, will continue to remain locked away for 30 years.

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Weaker upward pressure on prices in the housing market

According to the Deutsche Bundesbank's current Monthly Report, prices for apartments and houses are still increasing, but upward pressure on housing prices has weakened, especially for properties in urban areas.

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Marked pick-up in German economy

The steep slide in oil prices and the euro's depreciation stimulated economic growth in Germany towards the end of 2014. Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 0.7% in real terms in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the third quarter. The Bundesbank writes in its latest Monthly Report that the economic upturn is set to continue in the current year.

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