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Dr. Steffen Sebastian - IREBS

Universität Regensburg

Long-term interest rate levels have dropped to a new low point. At the same time, the housing policy debate is, sadly, far from over. Read more

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Brexit London

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British fund providers may no longer sell fund shares in the EU after the UK leaves the bloc. Some of the affected companies consider collaborating with German third-party AIFM. This sort of collaboration offers an efficient and affordable way out... Read more

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Logistic business

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Net lease is a sector in which in- vestors are often able to secure higheryieldsthanothertypesofin- come-focused investments. W. P.Carey, a U.S.-based diversified netlease REIT with a long-standing presence in Europe, and other foreign investors... Read more

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Mario Draghi - ECB

European Central Bank, CC BY-NC-ND

The year 2018 was marked by low base rates and very little movement in long-term interest rates. Both rates could rise in 2019 – but only slowly and gradually. The ECB remains the dominant factor when it comes to interest rates. Read more

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Brxit

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UK prime minister Theresa May’s government is engaged in high stakes negotiations over the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. There are some fundamental differences between the UK government and the EU’s negotiating task force, with time... Read more

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Angela Merkel

EPA

After 18 years as chairwoman of the conservative Christian Democratic Union and 13 years as German chancellor, Angela Merkel surprised the public and her own party colleagues by announcing her intention to withdraw from politics. It is somewhat... Read more

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Angela Merkel

EPA/Filip Singer

German politics has been dominated by two parties since the end of the war – the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats. Yet, recent election results in the southern state of Bavaria and in the central region of Hesse are evidence that they... Read more

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Christmas party in Friedland

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German chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision in 2015 to keep her country’s borders open and give shelter to hundreds of thousands of refugees was praised by commentators and leaders around the world. Her decision was also approved of by thousands of... Read more

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Angela Merkel

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Looking at a recent cover of the German news magazine Der Spiegel, one might be forgiven for thinking that all is lost for the Fatherland. A dismal performance of the German national football team (Die Mannschaft) is seen as the consequence of a... Read more

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Banks in Frankfurt Skyline

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At a recent NPL industry event, a banker credited with completing some of the largest European NPL sales observed: “The Irish and UK banks were distressed sellers. Now their banks are on the path to recovery. The Italian banks refused... Read more

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