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30. September 2019
The future of bank branches has been under scrutiny for some time due to the increased usage of online and mobile banking. On top of the general trend, regional differences in demand for branch services may have important implications for the future of branch networks. Structurally fewer client visits in certain regions may exacerbate the pressure to close branches. Within Germany, the number of bank branches has declined sharply from around 40,000 in 2007 to some 28,000 in 2018. [mehr]
30. September 2019
Angesichts der zunehmenden Nutzung von Online- und Mobile-Banking steht die Zukunft der Bankfilialen seit einiger Zeit auf dem Prüfstand. Neben dem allgemeinen Trend können regionale Unterschiede bei der Nachfrage nach Filialdienstleistungen einen wichtigen Einfluss auf das künftige Filialnetz haben. Strukturell weniger Kundenbesuche in bestimmten Regionen könnten den Druck erhöhen, Filialen zu schließen. In Deutschland ist die Zahl der Bankfilialen deutlich gesunken – von ungefähr 40.000 im Jahr 2007 auf etwa 28.000 im Jahr 2018. [mehr]
25. September 2019
The climate action package is a classic example of political compromise. It aims to support climate protection without overextending private households and companies. Criticism is perfectly justified. In the final analysis, however, the climate action package is also a reflection of the society's attitude towards climate protection: Whilst a majority of Germans support more climate protection, only a few are willing to shoulder the financial burdens. [mehr]
23. September 2019
Jim Reid, Global Head of Thematic Research & Credit Research, Deutsche Bank Research has just published his annual Long-Term Asset Return Study. This year's focus is on the History and Future of Debt. The report also have all the usual long-term returns data for dozens of countries across different asset classes tracked back over more than a century for many series. [mehr]
23. September 2019
Improved performance in the second quarter has given European banks hope that 2019 may still end on a more conciliatory note and that longer-term prospects are not quite as gloomy as some fear. In H1, net interest income rose year-over-year, despite unrelenting margin pressure. Other revenue components were mixed, with fee and commission income disappointing again. Loans and total assets in general increased. Banks cut expenses further, while loan loss provisions picked up from record lows. In the end, profitability and capital levels remained largely stable. Once more, the transatlantic gulf in performance widened slightly, as US banks reported another rise in net income to a new all-time high. [mehr]
23. September 2019
Das Klimaschutzpaket ist ein Paradebeispiel für einen politischen Kompromiss. Es soll einen Beitrag für den Klimaschutz leisten, aber private Haushalte und Unternehmen nicht überfordern. Die Kritik am Klimaschutzpaket ist berechtigt. Letztlich ist er aber auch ein Spiegelbild der gesellschaftlichen Einstellung zum Klimaschutz: Denn eine Mehrheit ist zwar für stärkeren Klimaschutz, aber nur wenige sind auch dazu bereit, finanzielle Lasten zu tragen. [mehr]
20. September 2019
So far, Germany’s efforts to arrive at a more sustainable energy profile (the ‘Energiewende’) have focused on the electricity sector. However, attention is increasingly shifting towards the transport sector and its steadily rising carbon emissions. Decades-old demands, such as replacing road by railway transport, are being repeat-ed once again, even though they have been found impossible to realise. And some new concepts are being presented, such as micro e-mobility. However, their contributions to transport reform are negligible at best; they may even prove counterproductive. Ultimately, the solution is simple, if uncomfortable: long-term climate protection goals (i.e. virtual carbon neutrality) can only be reached by a considerable decline in traffic, unless technology makes significant progress. Policymakers will find it difficult to convey this message, seeing that individual mobility is one of the key concepts of a liberal society. [mehr]