Germany plans countercyclical buffer hike

Four European Union member states have announced countercyclical capital buffer (CCyB) increases for domestic banks year-to-date, with Germany planning to impose the add-on for the first time.

On May 27, Germany’s Financial Stability Committee recommended the introduction of a 0.25% buffer to ensure banks have enough capital to keep on lending if the economy slows.

The committee said the CCyB should be activated in the third quarter. Pending approval by the Federal Financial Supervisory

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