Making payments in 2020, the year of COVID-19: card-based and contactless payments trending
Many citizens have been increasingly using cards to make payments during the coronavirus pandemic. “According to a representative Bundesbank survey in 2020, the importance of cashless payment methods, especially cards, in everyday expenditures has been growing considerably,” said Bundesbank Executive Board member Burkhard Balz at the unveiling of the results.
German economy hit hard by coronavirus pandemic in 2020
The year 2020 saw German economic output contract by 5.0%, with the drop in gross domestic product in a year overshadowed by COVID-19 bringing to an end a ten-year run of growth. This compares with a 0.6% rate of expansion in 2019.
The financial assets of households in Germany increased by €108 billion in the third quarter of 2020 and now amount to roughly €6.7 trillion. This rise was due to a high propensity to save and the positive developments on the capital markets towards the end of the period.
Households in Germany are expecting the rate of inflation to increase, according to findings from the Bundesbank Online Panel Households at the end of last year. Survey results from December 2020 indicate that individuals are expecting inflation to come to 3.1% on average over the next 12 months, which is the highest rate measured in 2020.