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Despite a small dip in Q3 2015, the assets of financial institutions in the euro area are still broadly at a record level of about EUR 66 trillion.
Despite a small dip in Q3 2015, the assets of financial institutions in the euro area are still broadly at a record level of about EUR 66 trillion. The financial sector – composed of banks, insurance companies & pension funds, and “shadow banks” – more than doubled its size over the past 15 years. Shadow banks have grown the most and now represent 40% of the financial sector with assets estimated at EUR 26 trillion. [more]
China has yet again set new records in 2014. It became the largest economy by purchasing power parity and the number one recipient of FDI inflows – thanks mostly to slowing foreign investment to the US. [more]
Germany broke its export record again in 2014. The total value of goods exports rose by 3.7% to over EUR 1.1 trillion. Out of the major sectors the automotive industry reported the highest export growth in 2014 (+6. [more]
Since the height of the financial crisis at the end of 2008, the use of different debt finance instruments by companies in the euro area has been diverging remarkably: whereas the outstanding volume of traditional bank loans has fallen by about EUR 360 bn on aggregate (-7.4%), net issuance of corporate bonds (i.e. [more]
For the first time in at least a decade, all major revenue components at the 20 largest European banks declined simultaneously. Apart from trading income (-24%), the decrease was modest (interest income -0. [more]
Last year, banks provided new syndicated loans of a gross global total of USD 1.6 tr, a drop by 41% yoy, following a similar decline in 2008 already. New lending thus reached a 10-year low, despite having doubled between 2003 and 2007... [more]
The global banking system has undergone a fundamental shift of power for years – away from traditionally dominating financial institutions from the US, Europe and Japan towards banks in the emerging markets. [more]
In modern economies the financial industry is one of the most important sectors. In terms of gross value-added, it ranks third in Germany for example, even ahead of mechanical and electrical engineering. [more]