Weidmann: ECB Governing Council needs experience and independent thinkers
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann paid tribute to the outgoing Governor of Austria’s central bank, Ewald Nowotny. In a speech held in Vienna, Mr Weidmann said that “what the Governing Council needs is experience and independence of judgement, and that is something Ewald Nowotny has always supplied in abundance.”
In Germany and Europe, established banks are increasingly viewing FinTechs as “partners” rather than competitors, Bundesbank Executive Board member Burkhard Balz said during a speech in Cape Town. “This is because banks can benefit from the innovative potential of these newcomers, while FinTechs can benefit from the existing customer relations and consumers’ trust in banks.”
On 2 October 2019, the European Central Bank started publishing the euro short-term rate (€STR). The €STR complements existing private sector reference rates and is also recommended as the new overnight reference rate for the euro area.
Weidmann: Germans’ inflation expectations are well anchored
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has described the inflation expectations of German consumers as “well anchored”. This was demonstrated by the initial findings of a pilot study conducted by the Bundesbank, which Mr Weidmann presented at a conference. Fran?ois Villeroy de Galhau, Governor of the Banque de France, welcomed the new Bundesbank study, as he believed that reliable data on inflation expectations in the euro area had thus far been scarce.