Financial Markets

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.

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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.

20 July 2018

IMF Article IV consultation with Germany

On 29 June 2018, the IMF concluded this year’s Article IV consultation with Germany. Praising the impressive performance of the economy and public budgets in Germany, the IMF noted rising employment levels and the ongoing positive trend on the labour market. The Fund also stated that private and public investment will be necessary to safeguard jobs in the future.

9 May 2018

The German current account in the context of US-German trade

Germany’s current account surplus has been garnering criticism for years. Taking on this criticism coming from home and abroad the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economic Affairs published a joint position paper that explains the reasons behind Germany’s current account surplus and outlines the fiscal and economic policy options.

27 October 2017

G7 adopt fundamental elements for effective assessment of cyber risks

On the margins of this year's Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. on 12/13 October 2017 the G7 finance ministers and central bank governors adopted the  report on the G7 Fundamental Elements for Effective Assessment for Cybersecurity in the Financial Sector.

18 May 2017

Results of the annual Article IV consultation

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) regularly analyses and evaluates the economic and fiscal policies of its member states based on Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement. This year’s Article IV consultation with Germany was carried out from 4 to 15 May 2017. The IMF’s provisional conclusions were presented to the press in Berlin on 15 May 2017.