As part of the tasks it fulfils in relation to monetary and foreign exchange policy, the Deutsche Bundesbank monitors current business developments and analyses a broad spectrum of economic issues. The subjects it deals with range from topical questions regarding economic policy and evaluating statistical data and producing forecasts to general questions on the principles of economic policy and more research-based work.
Advising the German government and independent expertise on committees
Monetary policymakers’ main task is to maintain price stability. Within this context and based on economic analyses, the Bundesbank also advises other public institutions, in particular the German government.
A Research Centre was established at the Deutsche Bundesbank in 2000 to examine a range of economic topics. The scope of the centre's research was extended in March 2005 to include banking supervision, financial stability and risk modelling.
Statistical data are published by the Bundesbank in the Statistical Section of the Monthly Report of the Deutsche Bundesbank and in the accompanying Statistical Supplements to the Monthly Report.
The Bundesbank’s Statistics Department is required by law to provide precise, accurate and up-to-date statistical information which is needed as a basis for the monetary policy decision-making process in the Eurosystem and in order to fulfil other key tasks of the Bundesbank.
Since January 2003, the Eurosystem has carried out a quarterly bank lending survey (BLS) to expand its knowledge about the role of lending in the monetary transmission mechanism and thus to obtain additional information for monetary policy analysis.