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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

Comprehensive Assessment

In a joint press conference, BaFin and the Deutsche Bundesbank presented the results achieved by the German banks in the comprehensive assessment. BaFin president Dr Elke König: "Almost all of them made it to the finish line without tripping over even a single hurdle." More : Comprehensive Assessment

Garnishment protection account

The garnishment protection account, introduced on 1 July 2010, markedly improved the situation of debtors affected by bank account garnishments. However, the practical implementation of this complex statutory provision is still causing problems in some areas. The following explanations are aimed at providing more clarity. More : Garnishment protection account



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