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Source: Reuters

Fed eyes end to balance sheet reductions later this year

Today 02:24 GMT

Despite apparently competing views on why they need a balance sheet permanently bigger than what they had envisioned only a few months ago, they also agree on a secondary aim: to make the Fed’s balance sheet boring again.

Federal Reserve policymakers are coalescing around a plan to stop trimming their $4 trillion balance sheet later this year, remarks from three U.S. central bankers showed on Friday.

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Source: DW

Environmental psychology: How do you feel about that coffee to go?

Friday 12:41 GMT

I have to admit, for as long as I was drinking the coffee, I didn't feel too bad about my misdeed, but as soon as the cup was empty, it just stood on my desk, staring at me. "I knew you couldn't resist me," it seemed to be saying.

Psychologists call it the intention-behavior gap, and it's something the relatively young discipline of environmental psychology is taking a close look at. But according to one study, around 460,000 coffee cups are slung in the trash every day in Berlin alone.

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Source: DW

Car-sharing usage on the up in Germany

Thursday 20:00 GMT

Bundesverband Carsharing's 2018 data said that a total of 20,200 car-sharing vehicles were now on Germany's roads, a year-on-year increase of 12 percent.

Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, an automotive industry expert at the University of Duisburg-Essen, said that although 20,200 vehicles are offered for use by car-sharing companies, these only make up 0.04 percent of the total number of passenger cars in Germany and thus had a limited environmental impact.


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