On Saturday evening I will join hundreds of millions of people, governments and businesses (including Swedbank!) around the globe in homes, offices and places of business when I turn off my lights, power down my computer and disconnect from social media. No, it’s not downsizing or cost cutting. It’s Earth Hour, the hour when we say together that we know we have to take care of our planet. During World War II the British used blackouts to avoid attention – we’re using ours to call attention.
It’s the politics, stupid!
Signs of a stronger economy – but revised economic statistics could lead analysis and policies astray
In a guest column in the daily Svenska Dagbladet, Swedbank´s Cecilia Skingsley notes that interest on government bonds is rising again from low levels.
Swedbank has decided to donate the naming rights Swedbank Arena to the organisation Friends, whose mission is to prevent bullying. The arena will be renamed Friends Arena. With the unique decision, Swedbank continues its long-term youth effort and develops the bank’s social engagement.
At today's Annual General Meeting, Charlotte Strömberg was elected as new member to the Board of Directors.
Current Board members Olav Fjell, Ulrika Francke, Göran Hedman, Lars Idermark, Anders Igel, Pia Rudengren, Anders Sundström, Karl Henrik Sundström and Siv Svensson were re-elected. The Annual General Meeting re-elected Lars Idermark as Chair of the Board of Directors. The Annual General Meeting resolved unchanged Board fees.
Information material on the crisis in the euro area and the macro economic effects on our home markets.
It is only in close cooperation we can provide the service that gives relevant value to the customer. Whether it is one of our senior customers who need to learn to use a card, a young family embarking on their first house or a corporate customer running the business expanding into new markets and needing finance as well as payment services. our customers and the businesses they run.
While the west is licking its wounds after the financial crisis, recession and the ongoing deleveraging , the BRIC countries ought to be able to enjoy a more comfortable time. While India's public debt is relatively high and China’s debt is possibly far higher than the official statistics say, there is not the same urgency for crisis management as in the Euro zone. However, the question is whether the BRIC countries are under performing in various ways in terms of economic policy given the circumstances.
On Tuesday 27th of March at 11.00 CET, Swedbank´s Annual General Meeting will be held at Dansens Hus, Barnhusgatan 14 in Stockholm. The doors will open at 09.00 CET.
Rising commodity prices as oil prices reach new heights
The special award for increasing the popularity of the public relations sector was granted to Swedbank's internal communications project "A Week of Communications at Swedbank".
The housing affordability index (HAI) increased to 145.6 in Riga and 154.3 in Tallinn, but decreased to 101.7 in Vilnius
Swedbank Mortgage Annual Report 2011 is available at www.swedbank.com/ir or in the enclosed pdf
The stock markets reacted very negatively to the news that China is revising down its growth targets, something the country had flagged its intentions to do much earlier and which therefore should not have been news.
Economy declines in 4Q
Latvian GDP rose by 5.5% in 2011
Knut Hallberg, Senior Economist at Swedbank's Fixed Income & FX Research, comments on US figures regarding employment and unemployment in February.
Growth surprises this year, but we are not out of the woods yet