What are the current events

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December 16, 2020

Returns in the housing market: red and orange dominate

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In view of the global lack of profitable, low-risk capital investments, which was further exacerbated by the Corona crisis, many investors are likely to see the German housing market as an interesting alternative to the bond markets. The trend of gradually falling rental yields for over ten years should therefore continue for some time. It is unlikely to end until the spread between rental yields and yields on low-risk bonds has narrowed significantly. [more]

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July 10, 2020

Youth unemployment before and after Corona

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The unemployment rates of adolescents and young adults were already in focus during the financial and euro crisis. Now the Corona crisis has led to massive upheavals in the labor markets in many countries. However, official youth unemployment developed very diversely internationally. In some countries the unemployment rate has even fallen sharply. [more]

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2nd July 2020

Corona crisis: The nexus between the state and banks is getting closer

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In many countries, the state's need for financing is growing: Governments are launching extensive economic stimulus packages to counteract the severe economic downturn caused by the corona pandemic. In addition to central banks, banks finance more than half of the increase in spending, which affects the composition of their balance sheets. [more]

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March 6, 2020

German auto industry: Production in China outstrips domestic production

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In 2019, German automakers produced significantly more cars in China than in their domestic factories. Chi-na remains by far the largest foreign production location for the German auto industry. While German manufacturers' foreign production is likely to continue to grow in the future, the latest developments in car production in Germany give cause for concern. [more]

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January 24, 2020

Rich country - high CO₂ emissions

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The material prosperity of a country is still closely linked to its energy consumption. Since around 80% of the global energy supply is still based on fossil fuels, a high level of welfare - measured in terms of GDP - tends to be associated with high CO₂ emissions per capita. Of all the G20 countries, France comes closest to the goal of being relatively wealthy, but at the same time causing as few CO₂ emissions per capita as possible. But France is still a long way from achieving the politically desired climate neutrality. [more]

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October 29, 2019

German energy imports are falling, but only slightly

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German net energy imports fell by almost 12% between 2000 and 2018. While there have been strong declines in the case of mineral oil due to its lower importance in the heating market and in the case of nuclear energy due to the exit decision, the net imports of natural gas are tending to increase. In the case of hard coal, net imports have only been falling since 2016. In 2018, however, they were still well above the level of 2000 because domestic hard coal production was reduced. Germany’s import dependency on energy resources has hardly decreased in a long-term comparison. It was just under 71% in 2018 (2000: 72.6%). [more]

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September 30, 2019

The distance to the local bank branch plays an important role for Germans

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In view of the increasing use of online and mobile banking, the future of bank branches has been under scrutiny for some time. In addition to the general trend, regional differences in the demand for branch services can have an important influence on the future branch network. Structurally fewer customer visits in certain regions could increase the pressure to close branches. In Germany, the number of bank branches has fallen significantly - from around 40,000 in 2007 to around 28,000 in 2018. [more]

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5th July 2019