Financial Markets

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.


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.

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.

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.