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  1. Ifo President Clemens Fuest Opposes Abolition of 500 Euro Banknotes

    May 4, 2016: Ifo President Clemens Fuest opposes the abolition of the 500 euro banknote. "The abolition of the 500 euro banknote undermines confidence in the European Central Bank (ECB). It will inevitably create the impression that the main reason for withdrawing the banknote is to push negative interest rates even lower,” Fuest said on Wednesday in Munich. Details

  2. Advance results of the Ifo World Economic Survey (WES) of 2nd quarter 2016

    Ifo Economic Climate in the Euro Area Continues to Cloud Over

    May 3, 2016: Economic sentiment in the euro area weakened. The Ifo Index for the economic climate in the euro area continued to fall, declining from 118.9 points to 112.7 points in the second quarter. The index nevertheless remains above its long-term average. The economic climate deteriorated due to both less favourable assessments of the current economic situation and slightly more sceptical business expectations. According to the survey results, economic growth will reach 1.6 percent this year. There are still no signs of a sweeping economic recovery in the euro area. Details

  3. Credit Constraint Indicator - From the Ifo Business Survey for April 2016

    Credit Constraints Hit Historic Low

    Apr 29, 2016: The credit constraints for industry and trade plunged to a historic low of 14.2 percent in April from 15.2 percent last month. Credit constraints dropped in all sectors, marking a further improvement in the financing environment for German companies. This was mainly due to the European Central Bank flooding the markets with money. Details

  4. Results of the Ifo Business Survey for April 2016

    Ifo Business Climate Index for Eastern Germany Rises Slightly

    Apr 28, 2016: The Ifo Business Climate Index for the eastern German Länder rose again slightly in April after three consecutive decreases. Eastern German survey participants’ assessments of their current business situation were marginally better than last month. Their business expectations also brightened slightly. Details

  5. Fuest Proposes Subordinated Bonds for Euro Countries

    Apr 28, 2016: Ifo President Clemens Fuest has proposed a new type of bonds for overcoming the debt crisis in the Eurozone. “For new borrowing in excess of 0.5 percent of annual economic output, which is the upper ceiling agreed in the European fiscal pact, governments should be required to issue subordinated bonds (called ‘Accountability bonds’),” Fuest said in Munich. Details

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