The global economy is still working to overcome effects of the financial and economic crises in 2008 and 2009. Returning to sustainable growth is of paramount importance for the wealth and security of all nations and has an impact on almost all other policy areas. A cornerstone of transatlantic business and trade, German and American economic cooperation goes beyond domestic issues and influences global markets, businesses, and governments.

Distinguishing between risk and uncertainty—two concepts dating back to economist Frank Knight (1921)—has become popular in financial policy analyses in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2007-09. Risk refers to all those possible futures whose probabilities can be estimated, put in numbers, the “known unknowns.” Uncertainty, on the other hand, refers to the …Read More

The eight participants of the Business & Economics Program group came together for their first virtual meeting on September 16, 2016. The discussion focused on the lessons of recent economic crises as well as future challenges for the American and European economies. Among the questions the group confronted were how we see the problems emerging …Read More

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Vincent Dreher is Research Associate at the Center for International Political Economy at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science of the Free University Berlin. He is currently pursuing a PhD on the subject of international financial market regulation after the crisis of 2007-09, with a focus on the newly created Financial Stability Board. Among …Read More

In a recent speech delivered at the World Affairs Council and American Council on Germany in San Francisco, Dr. Andreas Dombret, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, assessed the current market environment after Brexit, noting that while financial markets are not in panic, investments are looking for guidance in a period of …Read More

With Britain’s decision to leave the EU, the clouds of uncertainty hanging over the proposed US-EU free trade deal (known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP) have become darker. The negotiations were formally launched three years ago and have stalled because of transatlantic differences (for instance over issues of investor protections and …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics Moelis & Co. names Bank of America’s Stefan Mueller to head investment banking in Germany. (Bloomberg) After Brexit, the Dax recovery rally continues. (FAZ) The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday said that Britain’s pending exit from the European Union is posing “a …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics German banks exploited a legal loophole that allowed two parties to claim ownership of the same shares. (Reuters) Volkswagen shareholders air grievances at their annual meeting. Management bonuses, sagging profits and an emissions scandal have all caused the company’s stock to plunge. …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics The prospect of Britons voting to leave the EU next week fueled global market upheaval on Tuesday, with investors rushing for safety and sending the UK currency and stocks to their lowest levels in months. (Financial Times) A vote to leave the …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics Progressing in the diesel scandal, Volkswagen is proceeding with the conversion of their diesel-powered vehicles. (FAZ) Yields in the Eurozone corporate bond market have hit new lows as the European Central Bank enters as a giant buyer. The ECB is forecasted to …Read More

The year 2016 has been characterized by growing uncertainty about the strength of the global economy: uncertainty about the ability of emerging markets—and especially China—to successfully address cyclical and structural weaknesses in their economies; uncertainty about the impact of the slowdown on advanced economies, namely the United States and Europe; and uncertainty about the impact …Read More

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