May 27, 2019 / 12:22 PM / a year ago

Germany planning to set 0.25% countercyclical capital buffer for banks

BERLIN, May 27 (Reuters) - Germany's Financial Stability Board suggested the introduction of a countercyclical capital buffer of 0.25% for banks to ensure lending should there be a sustained downturn in Europe's largest economy, the Finance Ministry said on Monday.

The step is meant as a precaution as regulators currently see "no concrete signs of acute risks for financial stability" in Germany, Deputy Finance Minister Joerg Kukies told a news conference in Berlin.

Felix Hufeld, the president of Germany's banking watchdog BaFin, said banks are given a 12-months time frame to implement the countercyclical capital buffer, starting from July 1.

The step means that the German banking sector as a whole will have to hold back an additional sum of 5.3 billion euros ($5.93 billion) for lending purposes in case of an economic downturn, Hufeld added. ($1 = 0.8932 euros) (Reporting by Michael Nienaber, editing by Tassilo Hummel)

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