Economics

  • Currency distortions related to economic transitions is one neglected field of research on economic transformations

    By Sebastian Petric and Andreas Schwabe, RBI | In light of the historic anniversary some months ago – 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall -, we have another look at the events surrounding the economic transformation of Eastern Europe, in particular on the transformational recessions in the initial years, as well as […]

  • Green bonds: spearhead of effective investing

    By Dieter Aigner, Raiffeisen Capital Management | In recent years, green bonds have become a permanent feature of the investment universe of sustainable investors. Why? Because these bonds are specifically dedicated to financing green projects. This means that the money raised from issues of these securities is used to finance ecological projects with climate relevance. […]

  • Finance will have a green future! – Part II

    CEE and Austria with a lot of catching up to do By Jörg Bayer, RBI | Read the first part of this article here. What applies to the European financial market as a whole, applies even to a larger extent to the CEE and CIS region including Austria. Currently the total of “green” bonds from […]

  • Finance will have a green future! – Part I

    By Jörg Bayer, RBI | For years, Green Financial Products sounded like a marketing strategy to many investors and were not taken as a serious and important market segment. This is changing rapidly now, especially in Europe. In the USA this topic is currently determined far more by the markets themselves whereas in Europe, additional […]

  • Albania & EU: All hopes on Croatia and Germany

    By Valbona Gjeka, Raiffeisen Bank Albania, Gunter Deuber, RBI | In a somewhat surprising move, the Council of Europe did not agree to give the green light for the official opening of accession talks to Albania in 2019. That was unexpected, because the European Commission and most of the EU countries recognized the progress of […]

  • Economic and cultural facts about Albania at a glance

    In December, the Discover CEE spotlight is on Albania! Watch out for several blog posts on Albania’s business, culture and success stories. Today, we have the most interesting economic data and cultural facts about Albania at a glance for you. The fact sheet is also downloadable in print version. Click here to print the fact […]

  • The Russian fintech scene in the spotlight

    By Angelina Krutova, Raiffeisenbank in Russia | The Russian fintech market has been growing significantly for the past two years in terms of both the number of deals and the volume of investment. The market has several particularities: Russia is a leading global supplier of IT specialists and some areas such as P2P lending, crowd […]

  • An outlook on Russia’s economy: Financial strength and economic weakness

    By Stanislav Murashov, Raiffeisenbank in Russia, and Andreas Schwabe, RBI | An oil price shock and the introduction of economic and financial sanctions led to a strong devaluation of the rouble and a recession in 2014-15. Since then, however, Russia has clearly regained financial strength. This is expressed in a surplus on both the current […]

  • Economic and cultural facts about Russia at a glance

    In October, the Discover CEE spotlight is on Russia! Watch out for several blog posts on Russia’s business, culture and success stories. Today, we have the most interesting economic data and cultural facts about Russia at a glance for you. The fact sheet is also downloadable in print version.   Click here to print the […]

  • Investing in Kosovo

    By Patricia Lang-Schönberger | Discover CEE spoke to Wilhelm-Peter Hasslacher from the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO), who works as business delegate for the Foreign Trade Centre Laibach in Slovenia. He is an expert on Southeastern Europe: his assignments as business delegate have taken him to Zagreb and Sarajevo, and he is now in Ljubljana, where […]