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Recovery and resolution

On 1 January, the German Act on the Recovery and Resolution of Credit Institutions and several accompanying acts came into effect. They transpose the European Recovery and Resolution Directive. This is intended to facilitate the management of a crisis at an institution without jeopardising financial stability or falling back on taxpayers’ money. More : Recovery and resolution

Internal models

BaFin has been regularly inviting interested insurance undertakings to exchange views on issues relating to internal models since 2006. Thorsten Arhold, head of the internal models section at BaFin, explains how supervisors and undertakings prepare themselves for the use of internal models and what challenges are still to be met. More : Internal models

Structured financial products

Investment services enterprises increasingly offer structured products to retail clients. In order to enhance investor protection, it is important that prices are determined in a clear and transparent way. More : Structured financial products

Life insurance

Under certain conditions, policyholders can file objections against insurance contracts entered into under the policy model. The Federal Court of Justice has set out the details of these conditions in two rulings. More : Life insurance

CoCo bonds

Banks are currently issuing an increasing number of contingent convertible bonds in order to strengthen their regulatory capital. CoCo bonds appear attractive to investors, particularly since they offer the prospect of high yields in today's low interest rate environment. However, although these products offer opportunities, they are of course also subject to a high degree of risk. More : CoCo bonds

Supervision

Aufsicht

Here you will find topics such as the authorisation of banks and insurance undertakings, risk management or bans on short selling as well as information on investments, prospectuses, capital requirements and anti-money laundering.

International

Internationales

Find out here about the European supervisory structure, international regulation through Solvency II and Basel III, the stress tests and surveys carried out at the EU level and BaFin’s global and bilateral cooperation activities.

International bodies

Consumers

Verbraucher

We answer frequently asked questions and provide you with information on key consumer issues such as investment here. You will also find details of who to complain to and contacts if you are having problems with a company or undertaking.

BaFin

Die BaFin

If you have any questions about BaFin itself, you can find out here about the functions and history of BaFin, how it is funded, job vacancies and media contacts. You will also find further details on the executive and staff.