Weidmann: Monetary policy should not have distributive aims
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann believes that central banks should not employ monetary policy to pursue distributive aims. “Not only do we lack the democratic legitimacy to do so, the vagueness of the effects also renders monetary policy ill-suited for targeted interventions to tackle distributional issues,” he explained at an international research conference organised by the Bundesbank.
Monthly Report: digital money a source of both opportunities and risks
What are the requirements that a digital euro needs to meet? This is a question explored in the latest edition of the Bundesbank’s Monthly Report. After outlining the opportunities and risks presented by digital money, the Bank’s experts conclude that any solutions will need to be well-designed, secure and convenient.
Shortly before the second lockdown in October 2020, firms in Germany expected an inflation rate of 1.5 percent over the next 12 months. For the past 12 months, they likewise estimated an inflation rate of 1.5 percent, a Bundesbank survey shows. “This suggests that enterprises’ inflation expectations were firmly anchored, despite the economic slump,” the Bundesbank writes in its most recent Monthly Report.
The system of indicators uses a number of data items to provide a quick overview over green finance in Germany and its latest developments. It distinguishes financial, real economic and climate-related indicators.