Information about the studies of the institute for the media.
IW Economic Forecast: In Descent
The power struggle between the USA and China is also perceptible in these parts; exports are declining, companies invest less. The German Economic Institute thus adjusts its economic forecast downward.
Green Bonds: Clear criteria for a veritable market
The European Commission currently aims at boosting the green financial market by softening the capital requirements for green bonds. This could lead to a bubble, reports the German Economic Institute (IW) in a study. Instead of pushing for rapid growth, the EU should first focus on the planned uniform standards for green bonds.
Non-performing loans: Herculean task for the Eurozone
The big banks in the Eurozone are still sitting on non-performing loans worth over half a trillion Euros. Especially in Cyprus, Greece and Italy bank failures are likely, as shown in a study of the German Economic Institute (IW). If the banks were to be made fit for the introduction of the planned European Deposit Insurance Scheme, then a great deal of money would have to be spent on their restructuring.
Corporate Finance: Interest rate hikes hit companies hard
Interest rates in the euro area are currently at a low. If the European Central Bank (ECB) abandons its expansive monetary policy, many companies could face financial difficulties, according to a study by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW).
Brexit jeopardizes supply chains
A hard Brexit would hit the economy on both sides of the channel heavily, especially the extended supply chain of key German industries, the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) shows in a study.
Quality of work: employees are satisfied
According to a recent study of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW), the majority of employees in the EU are satisfied with their job.
Real estate market: Stable, but bearing risks
The German real estate market has been stable for years, a bubble is unlikely - although prices in cities are growing strongly. However, in some regions there are risks, according to the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW). Investors must therefore pay attention to local particularities.
Launch of the IW Financial Expert Survey
The experts of banks and insurance companies expect interest rates to increase in this and the forthcoming quarter. At the same time they predict a higher oil price and a depreciation of the Euro. These are the results of the first IW Financial Expert Survey of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW). The survey is the continuation of the former ZEW-Prognosetest of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW).
German Bosses concerned about political uncertainty
The political uncertainty around the globe is currently seen as the greatest challenge by German companies’ CEOs. This is the result of a joint survey by IW Consult and The Conference Board. Worries about a global recession are less common among German managers than in other countries.
The EU has to show strength
The European Union faces major challenges and uncertainties in 2017: Donald Trump, the Brexit and economic problems in the Eurozone threaten to curb free trade and to thwart the economy in the long term.