German Finance Ministry Serious about Volatility but not Panicking

Germany is taking recent market volatility “very seriously,” but a finance ministry official told CNBC there was no reason to panic.

Jens Spahn, the parliamentary state secretary for Germany’s Federal Ministry of Finance, said Germany’s economy was relatively insulated from the global stock sell-off, despite its trade ties with China.

“Germany is one of the biggest exporters in the world. Our car industry depends on what happens in China,” he told CNBC on Wednesday at the Handelsblatt Banking Summit in Frankfurt.

“But we are not panicking because we have growing domestic demand and salaries. And so far, besides stock markets, we don’t see any impact [on the economy]—but we’re taking it seriously.”
Global markets have faced extreme volatility over the past two weeks sparked by turmoil in Chinese stocks and fears over a slowdown in Chinese growth, following a raft of disappointing economic data.

Thirty-five year-old Spahn, who is known as the right-hand man of Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, said the country was still expecting to see its economy grow 1.8 percent this year, despite concerns over both China and the dramatic Greek debt negotiations that took place earlier this summer.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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