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May 2016 issue of ‘The World of ABC Economics’ #VaticanPapers

Dear readers, Please find enclosed this month’s magazine. Click here to download our PDF: #VaticanPapers (for a few dollars more) In this issue of ‘The World of ABC Economics’, we give insight into the finances of the Vatican Bank, one of the World’s largest – and unregulated – offshore tax havens. We also share our views … Continue reading

SME lending trends in the EU

Extract from the latest European Banking Authority (EBA) report on Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) released on 23 March 2016 The volume of new lending to SMEs in the euro area has declined since 2008, the beginning of the economic and financial crisis. As shown in Panel A of Figure 15, between 2003 and 2008, … Continue reading

Sovereign debt reaction to the announcement of non-conventional monetary policies

Sovereign debt reaction to the announcement of non-conventional monetary policies  Prepared by Stefano Fugazzi abc.economics@yahoo.com ABC Economics founder and associate member of NUJ March 2016  The views expressed in this Working Paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of ABC Economics. Working Papers describe research in progress by the author(s) … Continue reading

Who pays the most tax in the EU? 

Sourced from the World Economic Forum website: http://wef.ch/1RmARXm     

Could CoCos trigger the next financial crisis?

CALOGERO NICOSIA (ABC Economics) reports. abceconomics-news-nr4-0316 Since the introduction of Contingent Convertible bonds (CoCos), a form of hybrid assets, many financial practitioners around the world, particularly in the US and in Britain,  have publicly criticised a product which is believed to be too opaque in valuation and largely untested. As many believe CoCos could trigger the next … Continue reading

From Grexit to Brexit. Central banks always a step ahead of referendums and elections

Stefano Francesco Fugazzi (ABC Economics) – The Bank of England has become caught in the increasingly bitter EU referendum debate after Governor Mark Carney was forced to reject accusations that Threadneedle Street was being too supportive of the government’s pro-EU line. The row follows Monday’s announcement that the Bank of England will offer three additional … Continue reading

How the UK property market will look like in 2030

John Wood (ABC Economics) reports. Extracted from ABC’s Newsletter No. 4 The number of UK homes worth £1m or more is set to triple over the next 15 years, according to Santander Mortgages. Today, fewer than half a million properties in Britain are worth £1m or more, of which 62 per cent are based in … Continue reading


London, 21 February 2016 PRESS RELEASE – UNDERSTANDING BREXIT Download the Press Release in PDF ABC ECONOMICS held its first Understanding Brexit conference on Saturday 20 February at the University of Westminster. Approximately 70 people attended the event, comprising working professionals, entrepreneurs, academics, students and members of MIE (Movimento Italiano in Europa) and the London … Continue reading

EU deal gives UK special status. Cameron joins pro-Europe campaign

Stefano F. Fugazzi (ABC Economics) reports London (20 February 2016) – According to the BBC, Prime Minister David Cameron struck a deal with the European Union to give the United Kingdom a ‘special status’. The Prime Minister will now “campaign with his “heart and soul” to stay in the union.” As noted by the BBC, … Continue reading

UK property market: mortgage regulation and BTL stamp duty biting back

London property market: buy-to-let stamp duty biting back Extract from The World of ABC Economics, February 2016 issue MANUEL MAZZONI CERANELLI reports. New research by NatWest has found that there are concerns amongst mortgage brokers about the potential for continued growth in the Buy-to-Let (BTL) mortgage market during 2016. Changes to regulations, which originally were … Continue reading

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