Non-standard monetary policy should not become the “new normal”
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann believes that the Eurosystem should use the pre-crisis toolkit as a benchmark for monetary policy normalisation. In remarks made in Frankfurt am Main, Weidmann said: “If and how monetary policy should adapt its toolbox can only be assessed after we have progressed on the path of normalisation.”
A costly Brexit? De-liberalisation of trade in services and its potential cost
In many areas, the ramifications of Brexit are not yet clear. It is likely, however, that the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union will lead to a de-liberalisation of trade in services. A new study examines what this change could mean for individual EU Member States.
Weidmann: Productive exchange between Bundesbank and House of Finance
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has given a speech emphasising the good cooperation between the Bundesbank and Goethe University Frankfurt’s House of Finance. In his speech, held on the occasion of the House of Finance’s 10-year anniversary, Mr Weidmann said that the exchange between the two institutions had borne fruit on many levels.
Tighter bank capital requirements do not reduce lending long term
Many countries imposed tighter bank capital requirements following the 2008-09 financial crisis in order to repair the structural flaws in the banking system exposed during the crisis and thereby safeguard financial stability. A new study for the United States explores the macroeconomic effects of a tightening of bank capital requirements.
Financial Stability Review: vulnerabilities in Germany’s financial system
Times of strong growth and low interest rates have seen vulnerabilities build up in the German financial system. In addition, the probability of an economic downturn has increased. “Now is the time to build up sufficient capital and strengthen the financial system’s defences,” said Bundesbank Vice-President Claudia Buch at the press conference on the publication of the new Financial Stability Review.