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Die europäische Integration hat prägenden Einfluss auf die nationale Politikgestaltung, die EU selbst ist ein wichtiger Akteur in der Weltwirtschaft. Über den größten Teil der wirtschaftlichen Rahmenbedingungen für europäische Unternehmen und Verbraucher, gerade auch der finanzmarktrelevanten, wird auf europäischer Ebene entschieden. Deutsche Bank Research analysiert und kommentiert daher aktuelle Entwicklungen in der EU bzw. der EWU. Den europäischen Banken- und Finanzmärkten gilt dabei besondere Aufmerksamkeit.

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23. März 2017
With developments in the UK and the US, populism was a key theme in 2016. But does the perception of 2016 as “the year of the populists” really fit for Europe? A closer look suggests that while populism was an omnipresent theme in public discourse, support for populist parties in polls rather remained stable and elections did not translate into outright populist wins. The rise of populist parties has however been a multi-year trend. Populists can affect national politics in various ways. One possible effect is that forming a government (coalition) often gets more complicated and time-consuming and results in more fragile governments. Another is populists’ potential impact on policy discussions’ style and content. Pursuing policies with long-term benefits but which are often not instantly popular becomes more difficult ‒ both at the national and the European level. [mehr]
2. März 2017
Die europäische Bankenindustrie hat im Jahr 2016 einen herben Rückschlag erlebt. Alle wichtigen Ertragskomponenten waren rückläufig, die Kostensenkungen konnten damit nicht Schritt halten und die Risikovorsorge stieg an. In der Folge halbierte sich der Nettogewinn fast. Die Banken reagierten mit aggressivem Risikoabbau, aber aufgrund einer schrumpfenden Eigenkapitalbasis stagnierten Kapital- und Leverage-Quoten zum ersten Mal seit der Finanzkrise. Im Gegensatz dazu setzten die US-Banken ihr Wachstum fort und steigerten ihren nominalen Gewinn auf ein neues Rekordhoch. Sie konnten damit den Abstand zu den europäischen Wettbewerbern weiter vergrößern (nur in Englisch verfügbar). [mehr]
21. Februar 2017
Securitisation markets have returned to policymakers’ attention recently, only this time as a hoped-for panacea to anaemic lending in Europe rather than a culprit for the financial crisis. To date, the focus is largely on true-sale securitisation. Yet synthetic securitisation has notable potential as well, especially for SME lending. Synthetic securitisation saw mixed trends in recent years. 1) Complex arbitrage deals have almost disappeared. 2) Balance sheet synthetic deals have surged to an issuance volume of EUR 94 bn in 2016. Transactions have become mostly private, yet are now much less complex and of robust asset quality. A firm inclusion of balance sheet deals in the evolving framework for simple, transparent and standardised (STS) securitisations would be sensible and could well contribute to a recovery in lending in Europe. [mehr]
21. Februar 2017
Die in den letzten Monaten deutlich gestiegenen (Headline)-Inflationsraten haben zum Wiederaufflammen der Diskussionen über das EZB-Anleihekaufprogramm geführt. Zuletzt legten auch die deutschen Erzeugerpreise deutlich zu. Im Dezember 2016 erhöhten sich die Preise von Metallen (+5% gg. Vorjahresmonat) und Energie (+10%) besonders dynamisch, während der Rest (Gewicht 83,6%) aber weiterhin keinerlei Inflationsdruck zeigt. [mehr]
24. Januar 2017
It is hard to overstate the importance of trade policy for Europe. The EU28 is the largest trading bloc, the top trading partner for about 80 countries worldwide and ranks 1st for in- and outbound investment. The EU’s free trade agreements (FTAs) vary substantially, depending on partners and policy priorities. “New generation trade agreements” go beyond traditional tariff reductions, including issues like services trade, intellectual property or investment. EU agreements to foster trade (and investment), however, have sparked mixed feelings more recently given the backlash against globalisation as well as EU-internal controversies over the power to strike such deals. Yet, the EU’s ability to conclude trade deals is also contingent on political support. Rising scepticism about globalisation means, that (potential) distributional effects of FTAs and their (potential) interaction with national legislation, is going to feature more prominently throughout negotiations and in the public debate. [mehr]
19. Dezember 2016
Regulatory reforms have already reshaped derivatives trading in Europe. The upcoming potential shift towards central clearing for some derivatives classes and the availability of CCPs globally will likely result in some fragmentation in derivatives trading. FX derivatives markets are providing first insights into this: Asia already makes up 26% of global FX derivative trading volumes in 2016. As the Asian exposures of European firms and Asian financial sector grow, hedging currency risks in local Asian markets seem to be becoming common practice. This may fuel the ongoing decentralisation of global derivatives trading and give rise to higher costs for market participants. [mehr]
6. Dezember 2016
Inequality is dominating the political debate in various countries still characterised by sluggish economic recovery and high unemployment even several years after the financial crisis. In this note we look at trends, drivers and solutions. Four points stand out from the trends. First, global income inequality has increased over the last three decades. Second, the integration of the EM into the global economy has allowed aggregate income levels to converge towards AE levels, lifting millions out of poverty. Third, the AE have been better able to control income inequality via redistribution. Fourth, aggregates can be deceptive. Rising income inequality is associated with globalisation, technological change and migration. At the same time they have had an undeniably positive impact on aggregate income. The policy dilemma is in resolving the tension between the increase in income and its unfair distribution. [mehr]