Banks trust other banks Information about Bundes-Bank. In easy-to-read format.

Different bank buildings with cash transport vehicles outside ©Reinhild Kassing

You want to take money out of the bank.


Cash machine ©Reinhild Kassing

You take your card to the cash machine.


Putting the bank card in the slot ©Reinhild Kassing

You put your card in the slot.


Entering the PIN number ©Reinhild Kassing

Then you type in your PIN number.


Money coming out of the cash machine ©Reinhild Kassing

The money comes out of the machine.


The circulation system between the banks ©Reinhild Kassing

Your bank might have borrowed this money from another bank. Banks lend each other money. Interbank market is another name for this exchange of money from one bank to another.

As long as banks lend money to each other, the interbank market works well.
The difficult word for this is financial stability.


Flow of money is interrupted – red cross between the affected bank and the other banks ©Reinhild Kassing

If a bank has made mistakes, it might not be able to lend other banks any money.
Because it does not have any money of its own.

The flow of money is interrupted – red crosses everywhere between the banks ©Reinhild Kassing

The other banks notice this.

They no longer trust each other and stop lending each other money.

Money stops moving between the banks.


Inspectors going to the bank ©Reinhild Kassing

This is why the Bundesbank checks whether the banks have enough money.

This is what the Bundesbank does:
Inspectors from the Bundesbank go into the banks.


Inspectors inspecting documents ©Reinhild Kassing

The inspectors check the bank’s records.

The difficult name for these documents is balance sheet.


Inspectors see mistakes in documents ©Reinhild Kassing

The inspectors from the Bundesbank notice if people in the bank have made mistakes and the bank does not have enough money of its own.


The affected bank is temporarily closed ©Reinhild Kassing

Then the Bundesbank might close the bank.


The affected bank is taken out of the circulation system ©Reinhild Kassing

The banks trust the Bundesbank to close any banks that have made mistakes.


The affected bank is taken out of the circulation system ©Reinhild Kassing

Then the banks trust each other again. They lend each other money.

There is financial stability.


People sitting at a conference table ©Reinhild Kassing

The Bundesbank does not work alone to make sure that the banks trust each other.

It works with lots of other people in lots of other countries.

The Bundesbank works in the Basel Committee at the BIS. BIS is the short name for Bank for International Settlements.

The Bundesbank works together with the ESRB.

This is the short name for European Systemic Risk Board.
The Bundesbank works in the Financial Stability Board.

Illustrations: © Reinhild Kassing