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Home dear home: German property boom is still full steam ahead

Home dear home

German property boom is still full steam ahead

A shortage in housing and a construction industry at capacity means higher prices and higher costs with little relief in sight as long-term trends show uneven development.

By Frank Drost, Matthias Streit

Matchmaker: Berlin nudging Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank to merge

Matchmaker

Berlin nudging Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank to merge

Germany’s two largest banks are feeling pressure to solve their problems by throwing their lots together. But is it the best move? Regulators remain undecided.

By Martin Greive, Andreas Kröner, Yasmin Osman

Economic health: Germany just misses a mild recession as it registers a slight gain in the fourth quarter

Economic health

Germany just misses a mild recession as it registers a slight gain in the fourth quarter

Europe's largest economy has cooled down, but 2018 was still above the 10-year average as low unemployment and higher wages fueled consumption.

By Donata Riedel

Digital upstarts: N26, a rare German fintech unicorn, raises the stakes in mobile banking

Digital upstarts

N26, a rare German fintech unicorn, raises the stakes in mobile banking

Displaying an unusual flair for attracting capital and new customers, a Berlin-based financial startup is stoked for expansion in the US and beyond.

By Jeremy Gray

Trickle-down economics: Germany’s quarterly downturn due in part to drought, says study

Trickle-down economics

Germany’s quarterly downturn due in part to drought, says study

Shallow water on the Rhine halted transport for weeks, contributing to declines in GDP, production and exports.

By Donata Riedel

Know Your Customer: German regulator saddles Deutsche Bank with onerous money laundering reviews

Know Your Customer

German regulator saddles Deutsche Bank with onerous money laundering reviews

Problems mount for the beleaguered bank as BaFin threatens fines if deadlines on new requirements aren't met.

By Yasmin Osman

False economies: The sweet poison of low interest rates

False economies

The sweet poison of low interest rates

The euro zone has saved well over €1 trillion in interest payments over the last decade, but governments have failed to use the windfall to get their budgets in order.

By Martin Greive, Till Hoppe, Gerd Höhler

Reality check: US policy, ECB tightening to push up German bond yields

Reality check

US policy, ECB tightening to push up German bond yields

Interest rates remain low but a number of factors are weighing on bond prices, which could result in dramatically higher yields.

By Robert Landgraf

Rough waters ahead: Risks multiply for Germany's economy

Rough waters ahead

Risks multiply for Germany's economy

Think tanks have cut their 2019 growth forecasts amid concerns about trade with China, the impact of Brexit, and weak corporate investment.

By Donata Riedel, Norbert Häring, Frank Specht, Martin-Werner Buchenau, Jan Hildebrand

Euro-faultlines: ECB's end to asset scheme vexes bond markets

Euro-faultlines

ECB's end to asset scheme vexes bond markets

The bank's halt to fresh bond purchases exposes the bloc's structural risks, especially the doom loop between banks and Italian government debt.

By Jakob Blume, Andrea Cünnen, Frank Wiebe

Finance: Deutsche Börse's straight-talking boss

Finance

Deutsche Börse's straight-talking boss

CEO Theodor Weimer has improved Deutsche Börse’s relations with politicians and investors, but can he make the acquisitions that will take the company into the big league?

By Andreas Kröner

Payments: Why Germany is so slow on the global road toward a cashless society

Payments

Why Germany is so slow on the global road toward a cashless society

The rest of the world is using credit cards, phones and other digital systems to pay for goods and services. The Germans are comparatively reluctant, but they have their reasons.

By Handelsblatt staff

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