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Minister: Kroatien erzielt erstmals Haushaltsüberschuss

Posted by hkarner - 2. Januar 2018

2. Jänner 2018, 08:29, derstandard.at

Offizielle Daten werden erst im Frühjahr veröffentlicht

Zagreb – Kroatien hat nach Einschätzung des Finanzministers im vergangenen Jahr erstmals seit seiner Unabhängigkeit einen Haushaltsüberschuss erwirtschaftet. Die offiziellen Daten würden zwar erst im Frühjahr veröffentlicht, sagte Zdravko Maric am Montag in einem Interview mit dem Staatsfernsehen. Vorläufigen Zahlen zufolge habe das Land nach Anwendung der EU-Methodik ein Etat-Plus erzielt. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Danke (Trump?) – das war ein Jahr der Superlative!

Posted by hkarner - 2. Januar 2018

Andreas Männicke  31/12

Nachdem Trump nun zum Jahresschluss die seiner Ansicht nach „historische“ US-Steuerreform durchgebracht hat, schloss der Dow Jones Industrial Index nahe dem Allzeit-Hoch bei etwas unter 24.800 Indexpunkten, was ein Plus von 25 Prozent seit Jahresbeginn bedeutet. Der DAX gab am letzten Handelstag durch Gewinnmitnahmen deutlicher nach und schloss nachbörslich bei 12.861 Indexpunkten deutlich unter der „magischen“ 13.000-er Marker. Er stieg damit „nur“ um 12,8 Prozent in 2017.

Dieses Jahr war das Jahr der Superlative für Aktienanleger, denn die Wall Street und auch der DAX, aber auch viele Emerging Markets erreichten neue historische Allzeit-Hochs. 5 Börsen aus Osteuropa konnten 2017 dabei den DAX outperformen. Die Aktien aus Kasachstan konnten sogar um über 50 Prozent zulegen. Die beste Geldanlage der Welt waren aber in diesem Jahr Kryptowährungen mit über Kursverzehnfachungen in diesem Jahr, wobei der Ripple sogar um 5284 Prozent in 1 Jahr und damit weit mehr als de Bitcoin mit + 1148 Prozent ansteigen konnte.

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Putin’s Medieval Dreams

Posted by hkarner - 2. Januar 2018

Dina Khapaeva

Dina Khapaeva is Professor of Russian at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Modern Languages. Her most recent book is The Celebration of Death in Contemporary Culture.

As much of the world makes amends for social and political injustices of the past, Russia is lionizing its despots, raising statues to the worst of them. Behind this phenomenon is an ultra-nationalist brand of conservatism that seeks to take Russian politics back to the Middle Ages.

ATLANTA – While much of the world is busy dismantling monuments to oppressors, Russians are moving in the opposite direction, erecting statues to medieval warlords who were famous for their despotism. Understanding this revival can shed light on the direction of Russia’s politics.

In October 2016, with the endorsement of Russia’s culture minister, Vladimir Medinsky, the country’s first-ever monument to Ivan the Terrible was unveiled in the city of Orel. A month later, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, called for Lenin Avenue in Moscow to be renamed Ivan the Terrible Highway. And in July of this year, President Vladimir Putin christened Moscow’s own tribute to the tyrant, declaring, erroneously, that “most likely, Ivan the Terrible never killed anyone, not even his son.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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A Trump Christmas Carol

Posted by hkarner - 2. Januar 2018

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, is Director of Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development and of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. His books include The End of Poverty, Common Wealth, The Age of Sustainable Development, and, most recently, Building the New American Economy.

At the behest of the US, the UN regular budget for 2018-2019 has been reduced by $285 million per year. But the world receives an astounding return on its investments in the UN, and member countries should be investing far more, not less, in its organizations and programs.

NEW YORK – This Christmas, America’s gift to the world was a $285 million cut in the United Nations’ regular budget. Technically, the UN regular budget reflects a consensus decision of the body’s 193 member states, but the United States was clearly the prime mover in pushing for the cut. Indeed, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, accompanied the Christmas Eve announcement with a warning that the US would be on the lookout for further reductions.

Ebenezer Scrooge could not have done better. The budget cuts will make it that much harder for UN agencies to prevent wars, help millions of people displaced by conflicts, feed and clothe hungry children, fight emerging diseases, provide safe water and sanitation, and promote access to education and health care for the poor. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Economy on a Roll

Posted by hkarner - 2. Januar 2018

I don’t really think of myself as a forecaster. I talk about the future all the time, of course, and I tell you what I think is coming – but whether it will arrive next month, next year, or five years from now is a different question. Timing is hard.

So, when I write annual forecast letters like this one, I put some extra pressure on myself. In addition to identifying the macro forces in play, I try to anticipate when we will see their impact. That’s never been easy, and it seems to get tougher every year. But inquiring minds want to know, so here we go.

 

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