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  1. 15 April 2019

    Ten years af­ter the fi­nan­cial cri­sis: have reg­u­la­to­ry re­forms made the fi­nan­cial sec­tor more re­silient to cri­sis?

    How have the European regulatory reforms adopted since the global financial crisis affected Germany’s financial sector? The Federal Ministry of Finance recently commissioned a report to find this out. The report, which was produced by the SAFE Research Center at Frankfurt University, found that the policy measures adopted at the European level are proving effective and are enhancing financial stability.

  2. 3 April 2019

    Asian In­fras­truc­ture In­vest­ment Bank achieves ma­jor mile­stones in its first three years

    The AIIB has achieved major milestones since its launch as a new multilateral bank in 2016: The bank’s membership and project portfolio have grown. It is working together successfully with other multilateral banks. And the three leading rating agencies have awarded the bank top marks.

  3. 29 March 2019

    Key-is­sues pa­per on the reg­u­la­to­ry treat­ment of elec­tron­ic se­cu­ri­ties and cryp­to to­kens

    The Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection have jointly published a key-issues paper discussing the possible introduction of electronic securities and the regulation of public offers of certain crypto tokens. The paper forms part of efforts to strengthen Germany’s role as one of the world’s leading digital technology and fintech locations.

  4. 19 March 2019

    Fi­nance Min­istry ini­ti­ates sus­tain­able fi­nance strat­e­gy

    The Finance Ministry – working together with the Environment Ministry and the Economic Affairs Ministry – has initiated proposals to establish a sustainable finance strategy.

  5. 25 February 2019

    Jan­uary 2019 month­ly re­port: Fis­cal Pol­i­cy Sem­i­nar

    The German Finance Ministry’s inaugural Fiscal Policy Seminar, entitled “Rethinking Market Discipline”, took place on 13 and 14 December 2018. The two-day event brought together experts from academia, central banks and government ministries to discuss the role that well-functioning and stable financial markets play in fostering sound fiscal policies. A Best Paper Award was presented during the seminar, with prize money of €5,000.

  6. 17 December 2018

    Fis­cal Pol­i­cy Sem­i­nar 2018

    The Finance Ministry’s first Fiscal Policy Seminar took place in Berlin on 13-14 December 2018. The two-day event brought together experts from academia, central banks and government ministries – and hailing from a total of 14 countries – to discuss the role that stable financial markets play in fostering sound fiscal policies. This year’s Best Paper Award was presented to a group of four co-authors whose study showed that financial markets exert disciplinary effects on the actions that governments take.

  7. 6 December 2018

    KfW Cap­i­tal: The KfW Group’s new sub­sidiary

    KfW Capital launched operations in October 2018 as a new subsidiary of the KfW Group. The KfW Group is Germany’s third largest bank and the world’s largest national promotional bank. KfW Capital will team up with private investors to invest in venture capital funds, with the aim of helping start-ups gain easier access to capital.

  8. 31 October 2018

    G7 fi­nance min­is­ters and cen­tral bank gov­er­nors have en­dorsed two re­ports to fur­ther pro­mote cy­ber­se­cu­ri­ty in the fi­nan­cial sec­tor

    The G7-Group of Seven countries continue to attach great importance to cybersecurity in the financial sector. The G7 Cyber Expert Group has published two more reports outlining fundamental elements of risk management. Germany is involved in the Expert Group via representatives of the German Ministry of Finance, the Bundesbank and BaFin, the German Financial Supervisory Authority.

  9. 20 September 2018

    Ger­many’s Pay­ment Ac­counts Act: two years on

    Two years ago, Germany introduced legislation to give everyone access to a basic bank account. How was the EU’s Payment Accounts Directive implemented in Germany, and what effect has the new legislation had on social justice? The law also includes provisions that help consumers to switch banks, which has intensified competition among credit institutions.

  10. 14 September 2018

    Lessons learned from the Lehman col­lapse

    It is ten years since the US investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, marking the beginning of the biggest financial crisis since the Second World War. In an op-ed for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz outlines the measures that were taken at the time to stabilise the financial markets and the lessons that can be drawn from the crisis.