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January 2015

26.01.2015 – ZEW (cfu/fhe/jpr)

After the Elections: Centre for European Economic Research Calls for a Greece Stress Test

After the election victory of Syriza, Europe should prepare for a Greek payment default. The eurozone must send signals for the coming negotiations that it is not susceptible to blackmail should Greece threaten with a payment stop. This is the result of an analysis concerning the changed post-election situation in Greece by Clemens Fuest, President of the Centre for European Economic Research, and Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Public Finance Department at ZEW. read more

22.01.2015 – ZEW (cfu/jpr)

ZEW President Fuest on ECB Decision

The European Central Bank (ECB) has decided on the volume of its bond-buying programme: The ECB will buy eurozone government bonds and other assets worth EUR 60 billion per month until September 2016. The President of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Professor Clemens Fuest, comments: "I consider the ECB’s decision to be an acceptable compromise that is consistent with the ECB's mandate. read more

22.01.2015 – ZEW (lja/ggr/jpr)

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

In January 2015 economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) slightly decrease. In the current survey the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region has dropped by 5.4 points following a double-digit increase of 18.0 points in December 2014. The indicator currently stands at a level of 25.1 points. The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe reflects the financial market experts' expectations for the CEE region on a six-month time horizon. The indicator has been compiled on a monthly basis together with further financial market data by the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) with the support of Erste Group Bank, Vienna, since 2007. read more

21.01.2015 – ZEW (lja/ggr/jpr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - SNB Decision Causes Market Disruptions

The economic outlook for Switzerland further tarnished in January. Analysts' projections went into a tailspin in the wake of the Swiss National Bank's decision on 15 January 2015 to scrap the EUR/CHF exchange-rate floor, resulting in an overall decrease by 5.9 points. The ZEW-CS economic expectations indicator now stands at a reading of minus 10.8 points. The ZEW-CS Indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. It is calculated monthly by the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS), Zurich. read more

20.01.2015 – ZEW (dre/jrr/jpr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Upward Trend Continues Despite Capital Markets Turmoil

Gaining 13.5 points in January 2015, the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany now stands at 48.4 points (long-term average: 24.5 points). The index has increased for the third consecutive time reaching the highest reading since February 2014. read more

20.01.2015 – ZEW (fkr)

Volksbank Weinheim Foundation and ZEW Grant Research Award for the Second Time

The Volksbank Weinheim Foundation and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) granted the research award "Zukunft der Arbeitswelt" ("The Future of the Working World") for the second time. At the New Year's reception of Volksbank Weinheim eG, Dr. Michael Kummer received the award for the best doctoral thesis. Jonas Voßemer was honoured for the best master's thesis. read more

14.01.2015 – ZEW (ape/fkr/jpr)

ZEW Study on the Stability and Growth Pact - Automatic Stabilisers Contribute More to Economic Consolidation in Euro Countries than in the U.S.

The recent financial and economic crisis has shown that the national budgets in the euro area absorb economic shocks to a larger extent than the US budget. Automatic stabilisers such as unemployment insurance, income taxes, and social insurance contributions play a crucial role in this context. Stabilising mechanisms help to cushion the impact of economic downturns in the eurozone. The European Stability and Growth Pact has no negative impact on automatic stabilisers. This is the result of a study conducted by the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Finance. read more

09.01.2015 – ZEW (ole/jpr)

China Economic Panel (CEP) of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and Fudan University (Shanghai) - Slight Decline of the Economic Expectations for China

After an interim improvement in November, the economic expectations for China have slightly eased again towards the end of the year 2014. The CEP Indicator, which reflects expectations of international financial experts regarding China's macroeconomic development over the next twelve months, decreased from 9.8 to 6.6 points in the current survey period (04.12.2014 to 31.12.2014). The indicator remains in positive realm but ranks below its long-term average of 13.2 points (see graph). read more

December 2014

29.12.2014 – zew (zwi/fkr)

Shares and Raw Materials Are Popular Among Investors in 2015

Shares and raw materials are considered to be rewarding investments in 2015. Real estate and foreign currencies are rated as equally important in 2015 as in the previous year, while government and corporate bonds are significantly less in demand as asset classes. These are the findings of the special question on the "Attractiveness of different asset classes in 2015" in the current ZEW Financial Market Survey. 230 financial market experts participated in the December 2014 survey. read more

18.12.2014 – ZEW (zil/ggr/jpr)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Confidence Continues to Grow

In December 2014 economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) improve considerably. In the current survey the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region has gained 18.0 points and reaches a level of 30.5 points. Economic expectations have improved for almost all individual countries except for Hungary and Turkey. The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe reflects the financial market experts' expectations for the CEE region on a six-month time horizon. The indicator has been compiled on a monthly basis together with further financial market data by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim with the support of Erste Group Bank, Vienna, since 2007. read more


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