Trouble below deck

German focus

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Germany’s small and medium-sized businesses – Mittelstand – are worried that bank lending is set to become prohibitively expensive with the adoption of the new Basel banking regulations. So much so that there are suggestions of them using the asset-backed securitisation market to find funding to the tune of €50 billion within three to four years. Another false dawn for the Mittelstand ABS market or the beginning of something big?

The welfare of the engine room of the German economy, the

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