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Purchasing Managers’ Index

PMI drops to 52.2 in December – protracted recovery for industrial sector

Tags: PMI, Purchasing Managers’ Index, December

02-01-2014 08:30    Comments    Publications

Mārtiņš Kazāks becomes a member of the Fiscal Council of Latvia

On December 19th, Mārtiņš Kazāks, Chief Economist of Swedbank Latvia and Group Deputy Chief Economist, was approved by the Parliament of Latvia to become a member of the newly established Fiscal Council.

27-12-2013 14:02    Comments    News

Emerging markets outlook: New medicine for China, a short-term headache

In 2014, the market trend will continue to be characterised by uncertainty surrounding the effects of monetary policy in the US and economic developments in China. In addition to these factors, important national elections will be held in several emerging economies. In general, we expect a tough climate for several currencies in emerging markets, albeit with considerable variation between them. In the US, the Federal Reserve will begin to scale back its monthly bond purchases in January, which risks impacting the global investment climate negatively.

Tags: China, Russia, Poland, Turkey, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, South Korea, India

20-12-2013 12:00    Comments    Publications

Anna Felländer, Chief Economist at Swedbank, comments on the Swedish Repo Rate Desicion

Anna Felländer about the Swedish repo rate cut by 0.25 percentage points, to 0.75 per cent.

Tags: Repo rate, The Swedish Riksbank

17-12-2013 16:34    Comments    Videos

Repo rate cut in Sweden

Economic activity is developing largely as the Riksbank had forecast earlier. However, inflation has been unexpectedly low and, despite the recovery, inflationary pressures over the coming year are expected to be much lower than in the most recent forecast in October. To contribute to inflation rising towards 2 per cent, the Executive Board of the Riksbank has decided to cut the repo rate by 0.25 percentage points, to 0.75 per cent, and to make a downward adjustment in the repo-rate path for the entire forecast period. Slow increases in the repo rate are not expected to begin until the start of 2015. The risks linked to high household indebtedness remain, but the low inflation rate justifies cutting the repo rate.

Tags: repo rate

17-12-2013 09:23    Comments    News

Weekly report from Swedbank: Important central bank decisions this week

The focus this week is on the Riksbank's monetary policy meeting and the Fed's meeting on bond purchase tapering. “At Swedbank, we believe that the Riksbank will leave rates unchanged due to strengthening economic indicators,” says market strategist Sara Arfwidsson.

Tags: analysis, comment

16-12-2013 17:00    Comments    News

Weekly Comment from Swedbank: Focus on important economic indicator

Last week, the performance figures of the Purchasing Managers' Indices (PMI) from different parts of the world were published. The PMI is reported for both the service sector and the industrial sector and is an important indicator of economic performance.

Tags: analysis, comment

13-12-2013 09:52    Comments    News

Cecilia Hernqvist appointed head of Communications at Swedbank

Cecilia Hernqvist, Swedbank Group's Chief Legal Officer, has been appointed head of Communications at Swedbank. She will remain in the Group Executive Committee and will take up her new role on 1 January 2014.

13-12-2013 08:30    Press releases

Purchasing Managers’ Index – Services

Services PMI rises to 57.0 in November: service sector recovery continues

Tags: Purchasing Managers’ Index, PMI, Services, November

04-12-2013 08:30    Comments    Publications

Monthly Comment from Swedbank: Positive outlook for equities in December as well

Swedish economic indicators have improved, despite them not being visible yet in actual numbers. “We believe in a gradual improvement of growth for Sweden in 2014,” says Martin Bolander, market strategist at Swedbank. However, this implies that European and even global business cycles continue to improve.

Tags: analysis, comment

03-12-2013 14:49    Comments    News

Purchasing Managers’ Index - November 2013

PMI rises to 56.0 in November – industrial economy on firmer ground

Tags: PMI, Purchasing Managers’ Index, November

02-12-2013 08:30    Comments    Publications

Swedbank Growth Days to Umeå 2014

The 21st to 23st of May 2014, Swedbank will arrange the annual event Growth Days in Umeå, Sweden.

Tags: Tillväxtdagarna, seminar

28-11-2013 11:21    Comments    News

Weekly Comment from Swedbank: Positive trend in the US

Last week saw the publication of PMI data from several different markets. The figures show that the US economy is becoming more stable and that quantitative easing has been effective. China, however, reported a reduction in the pace of new orders in the industrial sector and a PMI below expectations. In Europe the PMI for the services sector declined.

Tags: comment, analysis

28-11-2013 11:09    Comments    News

Baltic Sea Report 2013

Integrate. Compete. Grow.

Tags: Baltic Sea Report, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, 2013

28-11-2013 10:00    Comments    Publications

Executive Management changes at Swedbank

Anders Ekedahl, currently head of Savings Banks Business at Swedbank, has been appointed head of Group IT, a new position with overall responsibility for Group IT. Anders Ekedahl succeeds Mats Engstrand as member of Swedbank's Group Executive Committee. Mats Engstrand will continue his role as CIO. Johan Smedman has been appointed head of Savings Banks Business. He is currently head of Swedbank's Central Region.

19-11-2013 07:30    Press releases

Weekly Comment from Swedbank: Downward inflation trend may affect rate

The Riksbank is finding it increasingly difficult to justify unchanged interest rates, given that the European Central Bank (ECB) cut its benchmark rate last week and inflation in Sweden is on a downward trend.

Tags: analysis, comment

18-11-2013 17:00    Comments    News

New Chief Economist and new head of Macro Research at Swedbank

Anna Felländer, previously head of Macro Research, has been appointed Chief Economist and Olof Manner has been recruited as head of Macro Research at Swedbank.

14-11-2013 09:30    Press releases

Executive management changes at Swedbank - Jonas Erikson appointed head of Group Products

Jonas Erikson, currently head of Group Treasury at Swedbank, has been appointed head of Group Products. He succeeds Catrin Fransson who is leaving Swedbank to become President and CEO of the Swedish Export Credit Corporation.  Helo Meigas, currently head of Russia & Ukraine, has been appointed head of Group Treasury. The changes will take effect at the turn of the year.

13-11-2013 07:30    Press releases

Weekly Comment from Swedbank: Interest rate cuts in Europe and continued concern in the US

On 7 November, the European Central Bank (ECB) unexpectedly announced an interest rate cut from 0.5 per cent to 0.25 per cent. This was mainly due to declining inflation and far too high unemployment. At the same time, concerns about the US fiscal and monetary policies remain.

Tags: analysis, comment

11-11-2013 17:00    Comments    News

ECB rate cut, comment by Swedbank Head of Economic Forecasts, Magnus Alvesson

A short interview with Swedbank Head of Economic Forecasts, Magnus Alvesson concerning the ECB rate cut

Tags: ECB, rate cut

08-11-2013 14:51    Comments    Videos