Weidmann: Financing terms should evolve in line with economic recovery
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann says financing conditions play a crucial role on the road to price stability, but there’s more to it than just glancing at the indicators. If those indicators flag changes, he states, the job of central banks is to analyse exactly how those changes came about. “I believe that financing terms should be able to evolve in line with the economic recovery in the euro area. It’s not a matter of using monetary policy to cement a particular interest rate level,” Mr Weidmann said in a speech delivered virtually in Frankfurt.
Fall in German economic output in first quarter of 2021
According to the current issue of the Monthly Report, there is likely to be a steep fall in German economic output in the first quarter of 2021. In particular, activity in services sectors with high frequencies of interpersonal contact will probably have declined again sharply. By contrast, industry is profiting from stronger foreign demand and is likely to have bolstered economic activity in the current quarter.
In the year that the coronavirus pandemic began, general government debt in Germany was up by €275 billion to €2.332 trillion. The debt ratio, meaning the ratio of debt to gross domestic product, rose from 59.7% to 70.0% in 2020, which is the sharpest increase in the debt ratio within the space of a year since German reunification.
New NGFS report outlines measures to address climate risk
The Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) has released its latest report, entitled “Adapting central bank operations to a hotter world”, which outlines specific options available to central banks to factor climate-related risks into their monetary policy operations. Bundesbank Executive Board member Sabine Mauderer called the report a milestone.