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Banks strengthening their capital positions

Germany’s banks are gearing up for the future capital regime by strengthening their capital positions. That is the outcome of the latest Basel III monitoring exercise, according to which Germany’s largest banks would still need, in absolute terms, a further €2.5 billion in CET 1 capital in order to meet the new standards, which will be binding from 2019 onwards.

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Professor Hélène Rey and Dr Andreas Dombret at the award ceremony of the Carl Menger Prize © Verein für Socialpolitik

Hélène Rey awarded the Carl Menger Prize

Economist Hélène Rey becomes the first recipient of the Carl Menger Prize for Economics. Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret presented her with the award, which carries prize money of €20,000.

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Banking union: credibility of monetary policy must not be jeopardised

In a speech at a banking conference, the Deputy President of the Bundesbank, Claudia Buch, has called for further institutional changes to be made to the European banking union. Monetary policy decisions must not, she said, be influenced by banking supervisory considerations.

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ECB Governing Council agrees on further monetary policy easing

The ECB Governing Council resolved on 4 September to lower the main refinancing rate in the euro area to a historic low of 0.05%. Furthermore, the Eurosystem will launch an ABS purchase programme (ABSPP) and a covered bond purchase programme (CBPP3), the detailed modalities of which will not be announced until October, however.

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"Reform fatigue would be a huge risk"

Bundesbank Executive Board Member Andreas Dombret believes a waning appetite for reform is one of the biggest threats to financial stability. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, he said that anyone who believes everything will stay as it is is "making a big mistake".

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Economic outlook deteriorates

According to the Bundesbank’s assessment in its August Monthly Report, the outlook for the German economy has deteriorated, though its underlying tendency remains positive. This deterioration is, not least, a result of the geopolitical tensions caused by the Ukraine conflict, which are depressing business sentiment.

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German economy losing momentum

The German economy contracted slightly in the second quarter. Gross domestic product dropped by 0.2% quarter-on-quarter. According to the Bundesbank, the decline is, not least, a countermovement to the first quarter, which was marked by favourable weather conditions. For the first time the results are based on new EU-wide standards for national accounting.

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Interview with Dr Jens Weidmann by Markus Gürne

"Negative interest rates are nothing new"

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has defended the ECB's expansionary monetary policy in an interview with Hessischer Rundfunk, emphasising that the crucial point was to ensure that such a phase did not continue for longer than was needed. It now fell to politicians to make their national economies more competitive again and to consolidate public budgets, said Weidmann.

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Southern Europeans find it harder to get loans

A new Bundesbank study finds that it is significantly more difficult for bank customers to take out loans in the southern euro-area countries than in the euro-area core. The study shows that young people, the poorly qualified, divorced, self-employed or unemployed, and large households, in particular, have problems accessing loans in southern Europe.

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Credit institutions under the microscope: towards the banking union

The European Single Supervisory Mechanism will commence its work at the beginning of November. Prior to this, banks are being put to the acid test in a comprehensive health check. During this “comprehensive assessment”, credit institutions have to prove the soundness of their balance sheets as well as their resilience in the face of deteriorating business conditions.

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