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Claudia Buch: Banks need to back sovereign bonds by capital / Bail-in of creditors should be implemented forcefully / Conflict of interest for resolution authorities The Vice President of the Deutsche Bundesbank Claudia Buch calls for further steps to stabilize banks in Europe and to untangle the risks of financial institutions and European governments. “The banking union alone cannot resolve...[more]

SAFE Newsletter Q1 2015 (pdf download) Content: Research  Elia Berdin, Helmut Gründl "The Effects of a Low Interest Rate Environment on Life Insurers" Lisa Schöler, Bernd Skiera, Gerard J. Tellis "Stock Market Returns on Financial Innovations Before and During the Financial Crisis" Interview Tobias...[more]

The SAFE Policy Center has issued a Policy Letter Collection of five policy briefs that display the policy-relevant outcome of the SAFE call for research projects on “Austerity and Economic Growth: Concepts for Europe”. Against the background of the European debt crisis, the Research Center SAFE, in the fall of 2013, had issued this call with the objective of soliciting research proposals...[more]

On 30 January, Jyrki Katainen, the Vice-President of the European Commission – the key person responsible for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness – visited SAFE and the House of Finance to discuss the EU Investment Plan with students from Goethe University and the Graduate School of Economics, Finance, and Management. Katainen’s visit to Frankfurt was part of his 28-country European...[more]

Survey: Financial industry anticipates negative development of headcount in 2015 / Asset and wealth management predicted to be the most profitable business area In a forecast for the development of certain asset classes in 2015, almost half of the survey participants are convinced that returns on shares (MSCI-World and DAX) will go up. This is the result of a survey conducted by the Center for...[more]

Revenues and earnings of German financial institutions and service providers rise strongly / Financial institutions stop downsizing The CFS Index, which measures the condition of the German financial sector on a quarterly basis, increased significantly in the last quarter of 2014. It rose by 4 points to 115.4 points and reached its highest level for more than three years. The increase can...[more]

Jan Pieter Krahnen, Director of the Research Center SAFE and the Center for Financial Studies, points out that the decision of the European Central Bank (ECB) to purchase sovereign bonds of Eurozone member states (“quantitative easing”) will not only have an effect on price stability but also on financial stability. “By buying sovereign bonds, the ECB aims to provide markets with more liquidity...[more]

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