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Purchasing Managers´Index - October 1, 2012

PMI drops to 44.7 in September – the downward trend in industry continues

Tags: PMI, Purchasing Managers´Index, Indicator, Index

01-10-2012 08:30    Comments    Publications

To the Point - September 28, 2012

Wanted! Political leadership!

Tags: To the Point, Euro area, Political leadership, Monthly letter

28-09-2012 13:35    Comments    Publications

Business ethics scholarship programme created for Estonian doctoral students

On Friday 21 September the Ethics Centre of the University of Tartu, the University of Tartu Foundation and Swedbank in Estonia signed an agreement for the awarding of business ethics scholarships to doctoral students.

26-09-2012 12:27    Comments    News

Some reflections on the Swedish budget

Some reflections on the Swedish budget

When is the right time to pursue expansionary fiscal policy - when Sweden is doing well and has a surplus or when the economic cycle weakens and you need stimulus to strengthen it? Should the government be cautious during bad times to ensure it has reserves for even worse times?

Tags: budget

25-09-2012 11:59    Comments    Blog

The future of banking - CEO Michael Wolf speaks at the Swedish Business Award today

The Swedish Business Award will be held in Vilnius today. Swedbank's CEO Michael Wolf will talk about the future of the banking sector. Follow the ceremony online.

20-09-2012 09:58    Comments    News

Nomination Committee for 2013

The 2013 Annual General Meeting of Swedbank AB will be held in Stockholm, Wednesday 20 March, 2013.

18-09-2012 17:00    Press releases

Economic Outlook Seminar: Consensus that there is no consensus

Economic Outlook Seminar: Consensus that there is no consensus

The focus at Swedbank's Economic Outlook Seminar was naturally on the eurozone. We asked the initial question: After the German constitutional court approved the ESM with some minor reservations, politicians started to discuss the forms of a banking union, and the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that they were buying crisis countries' government bonds on condition that reforms are implemented - is the eurozone thus on the right track?

Tags: Swedbank Economic Outlook

18-09-2012 09:59    Comments    Blog

Get insights to the future of global economy from the leading economists of the world

Swedbank Economic Outlook Seminar 2012 gathered some of the world's leading business economists and central bank representatives in Stockholm Thursday 13 September.

Tags: Swedbank Economic Outlook Seminar

14-09-2012 13:30    Comments    News

Banking sector leaders unite for Baltic student education support programme Panākuma atslēga

The leaders of the Baltic State and the Nordic region banking sectors – Nordea, SEB and Swedbank – have set up an education support programme for students of the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga). Under the Panākumu atslēga programme, students were presented with one of the largest donations in the university’s history – 1.8 million euros (15 million Swedish kroner, SEK). Thanks to the three banks’ donation, 720 scholarships will be granted to students from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia over five years, so reducing their tuition fees.

Tags: economics

13-09-2012 17:00    Comments    News

Prototron helps give shape to Estonian inventors’ ideas

The start-up facility Prototron is aimed at supporting the development of innovative ideas into a first prototype or finished product. The prototype fund was established by Swedbank, Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol and the Tallinn University of Technology. Swedbank will support the fund in the first three years of operation with a total of 120 000 euro.

12-09-2012 14:25    Comments    News

Economic Outlook Seminar helps us to understand the global market situation

Economic Outlook Seminar helps us to understand the global market situation

This Thursday, some of the world's leading business economists and central bank representatives will participate in the Swedbank Economic Outlook Seminar. The aim is to try to understand economic policy during and after the crisis: How can monetary policy be used when the repo rate is already close to zero? Will the fiscal tightening not only create a recession but also a depression in the crisis countries of southern Europe, and how can this be prevented? What regulations are required in the aftermath of the crisis?

Tags: Swedbank Economic Outlook Seminar

11-09-2012 15:53    Comments    Blog

Housing Affordability Index for Batics, Q2 2012

The housing affordability index (HAI) increased to 164.5 in Tallinn, 109.8 in Vilnius, and 138.3 in Riga

Tags: HAI, Baltic, Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Housing, Affordability, Index

11-09-2012 10:41    Comments    Publications

The Global Economy - September 11, 2012

Awaiting the central banks

11-09-2012 10:18    Comments    Publications

Flash comment: Latvia - September 10, 2011

Annual consumer price growth remains at 1.7% in August

Tags: CPI, Flash comment, Latvia

10-09-2012 18:10    Comments    Publications

Flash comment: Lithuania - September 10, 2012

Unexpectedly, prices increase by 0.2% in August

Tags: Flash comment, Lithuania

10-09-2012 18:03    Comments    Publications

Weekly comment from Swedbank Investment Center: New European Central Bank (ECB) bailout programme affects markets positively

The Riksbank surprised the markets by lowering the repo rate to 1.25 per cent at its meeting last week. The argument for a cut was that during the summer the krona had strengthened more quickly than previously anticipated.

10-09-2012 17:00    Comments    News

Just how important is a Repo Rate Cut?

Just how important is a Repo Rate Cut?

The Riksbank's announcement was preceded by a high pitched exchange of views. The Riksbank was perceived as being too slow. The vast majority of analysts and players had advocated a rate cut, including myself. A few considered that rates were already low enough and would even need to be raised. What good (or harm) does a monetary policy actually do these days?

Tags: repo rate

10-09-2012 08:58    Comments    Blog

Flash Comment: Latvia - September 8, 2012

Latvian annual GDP growth was 5.9% in 1H 2012

08-09-2012 16:36    Comments    Publications

Flash comment: Estonia - September 7, 2012

Economic growth in 2Q founded on domestic demand

07-09-2012 17:55    Comments    Publications

Martin Tallroth, Fixed Income Strategist at Swedbank, is commenting on ECB' Bond-buying Programme

Martin Tallroth, Fixed Income Strategist at Swedbank, is commenting on ECB' Bond-buying Programme

Martin Tallroth, Fixed Income Strategist at Swedbank, gives his view on ECB's decision to buy bonds to take the pressure off struggling nations in Europe.

Tags: ECB

07-09-2012 14:33    Comments    Videos