Latest articles from Germany

Dark horse strikes gold in high-cost jurisdiction

July 3, 2006

Although Germany is not normally regarded as a good place for foreign banks to make a fortune, Citigroup’s experience shows there are ways and means. By Jan F Wagner in Frankfurt.

The slow road to recovery

April 3, 2006

Although business confidence is up regarding Germany’s prospects for recovery this year, members of the public and the Mittelstand remain unconvinced. Ben Aris reports.

Refining the pfandbrief

April 3, 2006

Germany’s new pfandbrief law was designed to end anomalies arising from the ending of state guarantees for Landesbanken. Many hope that it will also reinvigorate the pfandbrief market in the face of growing international competition. Michael Marray reports.

Property woes and wins

March 6, 2006

German open-ended property funds are in crisis, yet Anglo-Saxon players are doing well in the country’s real estate investment market.
Jan Wagner reports.


January 2, 2006

DZ Bank
Ulrich Brixner, Chairman of the board of managing directors

The Conservatives

December 5, 2005

When Dietrich Hoppenstedt, president of the German Sparkassen Association (DSGV), retires at the end of September 2006, many of the association’s faithful will be very sorry to see him go.

The other German Struggle

December 5, 2005

Germany’s political battles may be over but the war over reform of the country’s banking sector has only just begun. Jan Wagner reports.
While some kind of political truce has been reached in Germany, the real fight for financial reform rages on. By the standards of modern banking systems everywhere, Germany’s three-pillar system of private banks, state-owned savings banks (Sparkassen) and co-operative banks is antiquated and inefficient.

Deutsche’s smart buys reaffirm retail ambition

November 7, 2005

The German bank is ramping up its retail strategy by acquiring small banks – but is avoiding shopping at home.

Rejecting Merkel risks pushing Germany down a Japanese path

October 3, 2005

Germany’s reluctance to fully endorse the pro-market reform Angela Merkel could send Europe’s largest economy into deeper decline.

Germany thwarts Dublin’s bonds issue ambitions

September 5, 2005

Dublin’s aspirations of becoming a major European centre for the issuance of covered bonds have been dealt a heavy blow by two German banks.

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