Bank stress test: German institutions mostly well-capitalised
Germany’s small and medium-sized banks and savings banks are well-capitalised for the most part, according to the results of the LSI stress test and a joint BaFin-Bundesbank survey. Credit institutions’ profitability was low, however, and an economic downturn would add to the pressure on their earnings position, Joachim Wuermeling and Raimund Röseler explained at a joint press conference, though the interest rate reversal may provide some relief for institutions in the medium term, they added.
“Eurosystem should push forward with central bank digital currency”
Speaking at the Bundesbank’s Payments Symposium, Bundesbank President Joachim Nagel and Bundesbank Executive Board member Burkhard Balz have made the case for the Eurosystem pushing forward with its investigations into central bank digital currency. Both used their speeches as an opportunity to emphasise the benefits that a digital euro could bring.
The Bundesbank’s experts see mounting signs of the German economy sliding into a recession. According to the current issue of the Bundesbank’s Monthly Report, economic output is likely to decline somewhat in the current quarter and to shrink significantly in the final quarter of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023. The economists put this largely down to the extremely tight energy supply situation.
Visitors braved the wet autumn weather to flock to the Bundesbank’s offices in the Frankfurt city centre, where the Bank opened its doors to the general public this weekend. The two-day event, entitled “Backstage Bundesbank”, offered a variety of activities for visitors, including a discovery tour around the Bank’s Regional Office in Frankfurt, along with the chance to lift a gold bar, attend a variety of topical talks and meet Bundesbank President Joachim Nagel in person.