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Swedbank’s CEO Michael Wolf in Op-Ed on Newsmill

In connection to the Growth Days in Gothenburg, an event arranged by Swedbank and the savings banks gathering about hundred influential opinion leaders, politicians, economists and commentators to debate future growth, Swedbank’s CEO Michael Wolf has written an Op-Ed on the news site Newsmill regarding the Swedish labor market.

17-03-2011 16:30    Comments    News

The Latvian Economy, No.2, 1 March 2011

Can authorities hold back rising inflation in Latvia?

Tags: Latvia, Economy, Analysis

17-03-2011 09:07    Comments    Publications

Purchasing Managers´ Index February 2011

PMI drops to 60.9 in February 2011 – new orders decrease but employment continues to rise

Tags: PMI, Purchasing Managers´Index, Silf

17-03-2011 08:47    Comments    Publications

Swedbank’s Growth Days start today in Gothenburg

Swedbank’s Growth Days start today in Gothenburg

The Growth Days will gather people who would like to create better conditions for local and regional growth, and entrepreneurship. This is the declaration from Swedbank and the Savings banks on what to expect during March 17th-18th in Gothenburg. I believe we are in for a treat!

Tags: The Growth Days, China

17-03-2011 08:44    Comments    Blog

Energy & Commodities, No. 3, 14 March 2011

Commodity prices reach new heights with risk of price fall

Tags: Energy, Commodities, Analysis

17-03-2011 08:38    Comments    Publications

Purchasing Managers´ Index Services, February 2011

PMI – Services PMI drops to 62.4 in February: the service economy continues to improve

Tags: PMI – Services, Indicator, Silf

17-03-2011 08:26    Comments    Publications

Swedbank Asia Analysis, No.13, 16 March 2011

Europe and Sweden need a forward-looking China strategy

Tags: China, Analysis, Strategy

16-03-2011 16:06    Comments    Publications

Pull out the ”Black Swan” from your bookshelf!

Pull out the ”Black Swan” from your bookshelf!

Do you remember 9/11 or the financial crisis? Highly improbable events with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. This is how Nassim Nicholas Taleb introduced his book from 2007 about the impact of the highly improbable, the “Black Swan”.

16-03-2011 08:56    Comments    Blog

The Lithuanian Economy, No.2, 9 March 2011

Not too great expectations.

Tags: Lithuanian, Economy, Analysis

15-03-2011 17:30    Comments    Publications

The Swedish Economy, No 2/2011

Mixed economic signals could complicate upcoming wage negotiations

Tags: analysis

15-03-2011 14:38    Comments    Publications

Japan, Middle East and China are all part of the world’s challenges and opportunities

Japan, Middle East and China are all part of the world’s challenges and opportunities

I hold my breath. The Japanese disaster is more than anyone can grasp. The earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear power plant problems.

15-03-2011 08:19    Comments    Blog

To the Point, February 28, 2011

We need to accept the "slow fix"   

Tags: To The Point, Analysis, Spain

14-03-2011 13:15    Comments    Publications

Earthquake adds uncertainties to global economy

Earthquake adds uncertainties to global economy

Natural disasters definitely make me humble as a human being and as a forecaster.

14-03-2011 09:02    Comments    Blog

Swedbank ranked highest among pension companies according to compilation from Försäkringsförbundet

Swedbank is in top of the 2010 list concerning return among pension funds, according to a compilation of life insurance companies' total return produced by Försäkringsförbundet (the Insurance Federation).

Tags: pension

11-03-2011 15:55    Comments    News

Where do we head now?

Where do we head now?

The Institute of Private Finances in Lithuania has, despite of our short existence, come a long way already with creating our activities calendar, scheduling regular events and planning periodic surveys.

11-03-2011 13:19    Comments    Blog

Swedbank  has established competence center for entrepreneurship in Latvia

Swedbank has established competence center for entrepreneurship in Latvia

Tags: entrepreneurship

11-03-2011 09:52    Comments    Videos

Swedbank’s monthly market outlook, March 9

Swedbank’s monthly market outlook, March 9

Tags: market outlook

10-03-2011 11:04    Comments    Videos

Contributing to youth's financial literacy

Contributing to youth's financial literacy

In my first post I wrote about the idea of establishing the Institute of Private Finances in the Baltic countries. This is what we have achieved so far. I would like to mention one project in particular that our Institute is really proud of.

Tags: private finances

10-03-2011 10:20    Comments    Blog

The Estonian Economy, No. 1, 10 March 2011

Labour market improving amidst growing imbalances

Tags: Estonia, Economy, Analysis

10-03-2011 00:00    Comments    Publications

Positive profit warning

Positive profit warning

We have today announced a positive profit warning of 1,2 billion SEK due to recoveries in January and February in all Baltic countries, Russia and Ukraine of 540 MSEK. And furthermore 720 MSEK due to a settlement with the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy estate.

08-03-2011 13:13    Comments    Blog