External position of banks (AUSTA - "Auslandsstatus")

The external position of banks shows the assets and liabilities of banks in Germany and their foreign branches and subsidiaries vis-à-vis non-residents. The microdatabase is based on the individual monthly reports of all German banks dating back to January 2003.

The external position comprises the assets and liabilities of German banks vis-à-vis foreign banks, enterprises, households and governments. The microdatabase contains further breakdowns of assets by recipient country and original currency of the reported asset as well as by type and maturity of investment. It also contains domestic banks' foreign currency assets and liabilities vis-à-vis residents.