The Bundesbank is not distributing a profit to the Federal Government for 2020 – for the first time since 1979. The main reason was the greater level of risk provisioning, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann explained at the press conference to present the annual accounts in Frankfurt am Main. In the previous year, the Bundesbank distributed a profit of €5.9 billion. On the whole, the emergency monetary policy measures taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic are having a noticeable impact on the Bundesbank’s balance sheet.
Monthly Report: Consumer prices rising more strongly than expected
Consumer prices in Germany were up sharply at the start of the year, partly because households’ consumption behaviour has changed in certain areas during the coronavirus pandemic, as shown by an analysis in the current issue of the Monthly Report.
The economic recovery in Germany was brought to a standstill in the final quarter of 2020, the Bundesbank writes in its latest Monthly Report, stating that this was due to resurgent infection rates and the tightening of containment measures. Economic activity was consequently still almost 4% down on the pre-crisis level of the fourth quarter of 2019.
Central bank digital currencies – the future of money?
According to Bundesbank Executive Board member Burkhard Balz, the digital economy will change the payment landscape quite significantly. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the cen-tral bank to create trust in its currency and to ensure that payments remain competitive and safe. “We also have to ensure that central bank money will be offered in a way that is compatible with the digital economy,” he said in a speech.