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ZEW-ZEPHYR M&A-Index

ZEW-ZEPHYR M&A Index - Fresh Impetus for Worldwide M&A Activities

Following first signs of recovery in worldwide mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in autumn 2013, the positive trend has now become a considerable upswing. This is the result of calculations by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) based on the database of Bureau van Dijk (BvD). read more

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German Information Economy - Optimistic Outlook in all Three Sub-Sectors

Optimism has continued among companies in the information economy in the second quarter of 2014. Reflecting this positive trend, the ZEW Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy has stabilised at an impressive total of 64.7 points. In the second quarter of 2014, the sub-indicators for the business situation and business expectations in the information economy have converged again. read more

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VIPS – Proposal for a Viable Insolvency Procedure for Sovereign States in the Eurozone

The government debt crisis unleashed a wave of reforms in 2010 – some of which were implemented in an overly hasty manner – to stabilise the euro and the heavily indebted European countries. Even though the eurozone's institutional framework and its capacity to respond to crises have been improved significantly, the architecture of the euro area remains vulnerable in one respect: the absence of a credible and well-defined debt restructuring mechanism in the event of a nation's insolvency, i.e. its loss of creditworthiness on the capital market. A recent study conducted by the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) addresses this problem. The study conceives and depicts a Viable Insolvency Procedure for Sovereigns (VIPS) in the eurozone. read more

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Downward Trend Continues

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased once more in July 2014. The indicator has lost 2.7 points and now stands at 27.1 points (long-term average: 24.7 points). The indicator has declined for the seventh consecutive time. read more

Financial Market Survey Switzerland

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Reach Balanced Level

In July 2014 economic expectations for Switzerland have declined slightly by 4.7 points. The ZEW-CS Indicator now stands at a nearly balanced level of 0.1 points. read more

Financial Market Survey Central and Eastern Europe

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Current Situation and Economic Expectations Decline

In July 2014 economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) have partly reversed last month’s increase. In the current survey the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region has lost 9.8 points and now stands at a level of 27.3 points. read more

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ZEW President Clemens Fuest on "Germany's Inheritance Tax Needs Reform"

Generating some 4.5 billion euros in revenues each year, Germany's inheritance tax is actually a small source of income for the state – revenues from taxes on tobacco, for example, are more than three times as high. But despite its marginal importance as a source of revenue, the inheritance tax is a hotly debated issue. Proponents of the inheritance tax advocate rate increases, arguing that the taxation of inherited wealth is simply a matter of fairness, as beneficiaries have done nothing to earn the wealth they inherit. By contrast, critics argue that the inheritance tax endangers jobs, as the heirs of family-owned companies face large tax bills that can cripple a company's liquidity. read more


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