November 20th, 2019 | 11:47 CET
Allianz, Deutsche Bank, Triumph Gold - ECB warns against own interest rate policy
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Can monetary policy be environmentally friendly?
Currency watchdogs in Europe do not have an easy job. Actually, they are independent, but surrounded by politicians and market participants who express their interests publicly or behind closed doors. At the heart of their activities is the stability of the euro and the financial system. Since the financial crisis in 2008, central banks in Europe and the US have pursued a strategy of low interest rates to boost the economy.
The cheaper the money, the greater the willingness to spend a loan on consumption. The more people consume, the more jobs are created and the more taxes are levied. Interestingly, there has been no public debate on the role of central banks in climate change and environmental protection.
Anti-cyclical capital buffer for banks
Joy and sorrow are close together, because cheap money changes the market. For example, creditworthy market participants have ensured that the residential real estate market is increasingly struggling with overvaluations. Significant differences between regions and countries reflect the valuation discrepancy.
If market weakness persists, property valuation adjustments can become a collective problem for borrowers and banks. In Germany, the so-called countercyclical capital buffer of 0.25% for banks was introduced as early as July 2019 to strengthen the financial system.
Gold as a safe haven
If the worst comes to the worst, it will be particularly exciting for systemically important banks and insurers. Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, but also Allianz as an insurer will again be particularly challenged. The flight to gold or at least a diversification of the portfolio with precious metals will then become an issue again at the latest.
Foreign gold companies such as Barrick Gold or Triumph Gold will then once again be the targeted focus of investors. At the latest when the price per ounce of gold climbs above the USD 1,600 mark, investors should think about the imperishable precious metal.
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