Despite the constanct conflict with the separatists and ongoing riots and protests everywhere due to the announced imprisonment of nine catalan politicans Berlin headquartered investment firm Target Global has announced the opening of a new office in Barcelona, confirming the company’s commitment to significantly increasing its activity in the city and across Spain. Over the last 12 months the Germans have invested about €40m. The biggest stakes are TravelPerk, Badi, Doc Planner and Mediquo.
The way we think about monetary policy, economy and wealth has changed with the adoption of quantitative easing (QE): It has moved from being a one-dimensional problem of only setting the policy rate (PR) to a two-dimensional problem of jointly determining the PR and QE. Therefore also the way Economists are educated and trained has to change. The whole Economic thinking should be reset.
Most of the rich world is enjoying a jobs boom even as central banks undershoot inflation targets. America’s jobless rate, at 3.5%, is the lowest since 1969, but inflation is only 1.4%. Interest rates are so low that central banks have little room to cut should recession strike. Even now some are still trying to support demand with quantitative easing (qe), ie, buying bonds. This strange state of affairs once looked temporary, but it has become the new normal. As a result the rules of economic policy need redrafting—and, in particular, the division of labour between central banks and governments. That process is already fraught. It could yet become dangerous.
Lack of company investment in Germany is causing an economic setback for the country. According to a study conducted by Das Progressive Zentrum and Policy Networ, Germany’s GDP is not as high as other European countries. The lack of company investment is the main reason why Germany’s GDP is not as high as other European countries, according to a study publishing by S&P Global Ratings. Companies are unwilling to invest because of the country’s high pension provisions, which are a result of the countries low interest rates and high corporate tax sales. Companies prefer to invest in European countries with lower interest rates and corporate tax sales.
Germany is the third most valuable nation brand, brand value US$4.9 trillion despite the lates bad news about its major companies and a chain of insolvencies. But the leaders are China and the US. These mentioned factors, paired with the flat Eurozone economy, and the automobile scandal that has plagued one of the nation’s top performing sectors, has blighted Germany’s brand value this year, but it is still a global brand leader according to Holger Muehlbauer, Brand Finance Germany: “Despite challenges over the last year, Germany’s outstanding reputation on the global stage remains unwavering, due to a combination of its moderating role in multiple international political dilemmas and through its creation of reliable, world-class products that the ‘Made in Germany’ stamp guarantees.”
Apple has been rated the best tech sector company to work for in Britain, according to data released by Indeed. The global tech giant landed the top spot in Indeed’s top-rated tech employers category, which launched for the first time this year and is based on hundreds of thousands of reviews by employees past and present.