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How ECB Purchases of Corporate Bonds Helped Reduce Firms’ Borrowing Costs

Friday, February 7th, 2020

In June 2016, the ECB launched its corporate sector purchase programme, through which it purchased corporate bonds in an effort to improve the financing conditions of euro area firms. In this article, I argue that the programme was successful. In particular, by increasing prices and reducing yields in the targeted bond market segment, the programme […]

Europe: Facing Spillovers From Trade and Manufacturing

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

As in the rest of the world, European trade and manufacturing have weakened. There are some signs that this slowdown is spreading into the rest of the economy. While services and consumption have remained relatively resilient in line with strong labor markets, investment is starting to lose steam. These developments have slowed economic activity in […]

The Difficulties with the New UK Backstop Proposals

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

By John Bruton, former Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) There is, at last, some movement in the Brexit negotiation. On the UK side, Boris Johnson previously insisted on the Irish backstop being scrapped. Now he is making proposals (unacceptable so far to the EU) to rewrite it. On the EU side, there is a movement too. […]

Is Storytelling Still Relevant in Today’s Marketing Mix?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

By Cameron Heffernan, Director US, Mach Media Anyone who ever caught an episode or two of Mad Men won’t be able to forget the creative, booze-soaked, evocative pitch meetings Don Draper and his 1960s-era advertising colleagues delivered. In smoke-filled and testosterone-heavy rooms, Draper would go deep into an engaging (and often personal) story to play […]

Illuminating Dark Corners of the Global Economy

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

By Gita Bhatt, Editor-In-Chief of Finance & Development Magazine and the Acting Chief of Policy Communications at the IMF This issue of Finance & Development reminds me of a Sufi parable. A woman sees a mystic searching for something outside his door. “What have you lost?” she asks. “My key,” he responds. So they both […]

The European Commission, European Investment Bank and Breakthrough Energy Ventures establish a new €100 million fund to support clean energy investments

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Breakthrough Energy Ventures Europe (BEV-E), a new €100 million investment fund was established by the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and Breakthrough Energy Ventures during the Fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting in Vancouver, Canada.           The fund will help develop innovative European companies and bring radically new clean energy technologies to the market. It will […]

FGP Ranked Among Forbes Best Recruitment Firms for 2019

Friday, April 5th, 2019

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 4, 2019) – FGP, Find Great People announced today that it has been named as one of the best recruitment companies in the country by Forbes Magazine. FGP ranks #72 in the Best Recruiters, Professional Services category and #73 in the Best Recruiters, Executive Search category. “This is a great testament to […]

Brexit preparedness: EU completes preparations for possible “no-deal” scenario on 12 April

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

As it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April, the European Commission has today completed its “no-deal” preparations. At the same time, it continues supporting administrations in their own preparations and urges all EU citizens and businesses to continue informing themselves about the consequences […]

Brexit pushes UK business confidence to its lowest level in nearly a decade

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

By Hadas Gold, CNN Business February 4, 2019 London (CNN Business)- Companies in the United Kingdom are spending less and scaling back plans because of Brexit fears that have pushed business confidence to its lowest level in a decade. The dire outlook was revealed Monday in surveys published by Deloitte and the Institute of Chartered […]

European Commission recommends to the European Council (Article 50) to find that decisive progress has been made in Brexit negotiations

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

European Commission – Press release Brussels, 14 November 2018 The negotiators of the European Commission and the United Kingdom have today reached a deal on the terms of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement. All aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement have now been finalised and agreed at negotiator level. This agreement marks a decisive moment in […]