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Österreich hat sich bereits 60 Milliarden Euro wegen Niedrigzinsen erspart

Posted by hkarner - 11. Januar 2018

„Österreich hat sich noch nie so günstig finanziert“, sagt der Chef der Bundesfinanzierungsagentur.

Trotz auf 211,2 Milliarden Euro gestiegener Finanzschulden hat sich Österreich seit 2009 durch das bestehende Niedrigzinsumfeld gemessen am durchschnittlichen Zinsniveau vor der Finanzkrise rund 60 Milliarden Euro an Zinszahlungen erspart. Der Zinsaufwand in Relation zum Bruttoinlandsprodukt (BIP) ist von 1996 bis 2017 von 3,4 auf 1,46 Prozent gesunken. Das sind 5,41 Milliarden Euro bzw. 588 Euro pro Kopf.

„Österreich hat sich noch nie so günstig finanziert“, sagte Markus Stix, Chef der für die Schuldenaufnahme zuständigen Oesterreichischen Bundesfinanzierungsagentur (OeBFA) am Donnerstag im Klub der Wirtschaftspublizisten in Wien. 2017 sei mit rund 40 Milliarden Euro auch das größte jährliche Finanzierungsvolumen in der Zweiten Republik umgesetzt worden. Davon entfielen allerdings acht Milliarden Euro auf die Refinanzierung der Bad-Bank der Kommunalkredit, der KA Finanz AG.

Erstmals ist laut Stix auch die durchschnittliche Verzinsung des gesamten Schuldenportfolios unter die Marke von 2,5 Prozent gefallen, nämlich auf 2,47 Prozent. Im Vorjahr waren es 2,68 Prozent. Die durchschnittliche Restlaufzeit stieg auf rund 10 Jahre.

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Ready or Not for the Next Recession?

Posted by hkarner - 11. Januar 2018

Barry Eichengreen is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former senior policy adviser at the International Monetary Fund. His latest book is Hall of Mirrors:The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses – and Misuses – of History.

Policymakers normally respond to recessions by cutting interest rates, reducing taxes, and boosting transfers to the unemployed and other casualties of the downturn. But, for a combination of economic and political reasons, the US, in particular, is singularly ill-prepared to respond normally.

COPENHAGEN – A sunny day is the best time to check whether the roof is watertight. For economic policymakers, the proverbial sunny day has arrived: with experts forecasting strong growth, now is the best time to check whether we are prepared for the next recession.

The answer, for the United States in particular, is a resounding no. Policymakers normally respond to recessions by cutting interest rates, reducing taxes, and boosting transfers to the unemployed and other casualties of the downturn. But the US is singularly ill-prepared, for a combination of economic and political reasons, to respond normally. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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A small town in Japan doubles its fertility rate

Posted by hkarner - 11. Januar 2018

Date: 10-01-2018
Source: The Economist

Subsidising parenthood appears to work wonders

A PATCHWORK of nondescript houses nestled at the foot of a mountain, Nagicho looks like an ordinary Japanese town. On closer inspection, something extraordinary marks it out: babies. Yuki Fukuda is one of many local mothers with three children. The bump under her winter coat indicates that another is on the way, part of a baby bonanza that has seen the town’s fertility rate double since 2005.

Not surprisingly, reporters have flocked to this remote corner of the country to see if there is something that promotes fecundity in the water flowing down from Mount Nagi. The cause appears to be more prosaic: economics. Alarmed by the dearth of children, the local government increased incentives to have babies. The fertility rate rose from 1.4 (meaning that the average woman will have 1.4 children in her lifetime, roughly the national rate) to 2.8 in 2014.

Mrs Fukuda will receive a “celebratory” gift of ¥300,000 ($3,530) when she gives birth. A subsidised baby-sitting service is available for just ¥1,800 a day, along with subsidised carseats and other baby accessories. When her children reach secondary school, she will receive ¥90,000 a year for each one who attends. In theory, this stipend is to cover the cost of getting children to school, especially for people who live relatively far away. And whereas usually all but the poorest and the old in Japan have to pay 30% of their health-care bills (with the national government picking up the rest), in Nagicho the local government pays the 30% for children. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Davos Leader Sees Progress in Trump’s First Year

Posted by hkarner - 11. Januar 2018

Is he so positive because Trump is attending??? He ruins the credibility of the WEF! (hfk)

Date: 10-01-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Klaus Schwab tells WSJ Editor in Chief Gerard Baker fears of confrontation haven’t come to pass

Prof. Klaus Schwab, who heads the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, spoke with The Wall Street Journal’s Editor in Chief Gerard Baker.

President Donald Trump has had a rough first year in office but has made important diplomatic progress with China and other key countries toward resolving some of the biggest sources of international tension, according to the head of the World Economic Forum.

In an interview ahead of the 48th annual meeting of the gathering of world leaders in politics, business, culture and the arts in Davos, Switzerland, Professor Klaus Schwab  expressed concern that the U.S. president had upended many of the norms of international relations in his first year in office but noted that fears of greater global tension had not been realized. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Consequence of Inequality

Posted by hkarner - 11. Januar 2018

http://www.upworthy.com/2-monkeys-were-paid-unequally-see-what-happens-next. Frans de Waal

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Europa boomt – und ist zerrissen wie nie

Posted by hkarner - 11. Januar 2018

Von Nando Sommerfeldt, Holger Zschäpitz | 10. Jänner 2018,  | Lesedauer: 6 Minuten. diewelt.de

Quelle: Infografik Die Welt

Es könnte alles so gut sein. Die EU hat ihre ökonomische Krise gemeistert und hätte jetzt die Chance, echte Reformen einzuleiten. Stattdessen ist sie mehr gespalten denn je. Und der Riss verläuft nicht länger nur zwischen dem Norden und Süden.

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