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On 23rd December 2015 I published this post forecasting a very good year for the price of Bitcoin. At the time, I quoted 1 BTC = 401.93 (Bid) and 402.87 (Ask) euros on Kraken. The current price on the exchange Kraken is 509.45 (Bid) and 509.50 (Ask) euros, which is a gain of 26.5%. In… » read more

  Posted by FinancialGuy Writes!

Faced with yet another woefully pitiful set of growth figures, the European Central Bank (ECB) this week said it expects interest rates to remain at their record lows for a long time to come. Leaving the headline rate unchanged at 0%, the ECB also said it saw no need to alter its program of quantitative… » read more

  Posted by The Euro Economy

In Q2 2016, the situation on the global oil market unfolded in line with our expectations. Oil prices continued on an upward trend started around mid-January 2016. On the back of stronger demand (fuelled by low prices) and unforeseen events, which amplified the factors with a bearing on supply, the average price of Brent crude… » read more

  Posted by Adam Czyzewski

At press conferences debriefing today’s EU27 Summit, the French and German leaders differed by more than nuances. Here are straight quotes, to avoid translation losses: – Francois Hollande stated: ‘Ce mandat [exit negotiations] sera exercé par le Conseil, avec l’appui de la Commission européenne, et celui du Parlement car c’est l’émanation, aussi, de la légitimité… » read more

  Posted by EuRoman

Guest blog post by Margit Schratzenstaller, Alexander Krenek (Austrian Institute of Economic Research), Danuše Nerudová, Marian Dobranschi (Mendel University Brno). The debate about EU taxes, which as “genuine own resources” may replace (partially) current own resources funding the EU budget (primarily consisting of national contributions) is an old one. It has been pushed by the… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

The Greek government is introducing an omnibus bill including the establishment of the new Privatization Fund that will absorb the former one, created by the ND-PASOK government under the framework of the second bailout deal (2012-14). This new Fund has major differences from the previous one. Contrary to the previous one, the new Fund is… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

On May 11 the Greek government extended for a fourth consecutive time the law protecting primary residences from foreclosure. This refers to a wide category of non-performing loans (NPLs), covering as well medium-size enterprises with gross annual income lower than 50 million euros, occupying up to 250 employees. This regulation protects 94% of the total… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

Guest blog post by Claudia Broyer, Rolf Schneider, Alexander Schramm, Katharina Utermöhl, Allianz Research The eurozone economy is moving in the right direction, gradually tackling economic imbalances and becoming more resilient. The risk of complacency, however, is high. Europe’s reform journey is still long. The good: Towards a more stable economy With 1.5%, economic growth… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

In at least two occasions, recently, I have been asked to comment on the growing technological innovation divide between the US and Europe. No doubt, high-tech innovation is in full-traction speed at the moment, in several key sectors: energy, biotech and medicine, artificial intelligence, material science and advanced manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, and futuristic weaponry. In… » read more

  Posted by Nicoli

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