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Spanish Labour Market, 2020: The Year Of The Massive Destruction Of Employment

Bankia Estudios | Last year ended with the loss of more than 100,000 Spanish companies, a fall of 360,105 Social Security affiliates – the first decline in seven years – and an increase of 724,532 unemployed. It must be added 755,613 workers under temporary lay-offs programs and 349,342 self-employed receiving extraordinary unemployment benefits; in other words, more than 1.1 million people who, although technically still considered employed, are not actually working or are working reduced hours.


Joe Biden Sends A Clear Message To The Watching World – America’s Back

Scott Lucas via The Conversation | As aspiration, the speech was pitch perfect. Biden rightly took on the present of America’s most serious domestic crisis since the Civil War. Coronavirus, the Capitol attack, economic loss, immigration, climate change and social injustice were confronted. But what distinguished the speech beyond the essential was the sincerity with which it was delivered. Since the election, there has been a commingling of Biden’s personal narrative of loss with the damage that America has suffered.


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China Has A Buffer For Contingencies

Intermoney | China surpassed its economic growth previous to the health crisis. Specifically it recorded 6.5% per year in Q4’20, when in the same period in 2019 it grew by 6%. Thus guaranteeing China’s rapid recovery, while also highlighting the country’s margin for facing up to any temporary turbulence linked to the resurgence of COVID-19. Furthermore, China would encourage the population to continue working to limit the number of people returning to their places of origin during the New Year celebrations.



Large Corporate Moves For Solaria, But Stock Overvalued

Solaria, one of the few Spanish listed companies dedicated exclusively to solar photovoltaic generation, has closed a PPA agreement, in its financial form, with Shell Energy, which is the largest signed by the company to date. In addition, its price has revalued 44% in the last three months tahnks to the recent entrance in Solaria’s share capital of iShares, Invesco and the increase in BlackRock’s holding. However, analysts find its valuation is not justified.


Waiting for President Biden, Next Treasury Secretary Yellen Goes All Out With The Stimulus Plan

The appointment of the day will be in the United States, where Biden will take office as the country’s 40th President. Donald Trump will not attend the simple inauguration ceremony.The health and economic crises are Biden’s main challenges for the current legislature, including the approval of a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan. Just yesterday Janet Yellen, who will serve as Treasury Secretary in the Biden Administration, defended that stimulus plan in her speech at the Senate. “We must act big,” she said.


Property investment In Spain rose by 9% in 2017

Real Estate Investment In Spain Could Grow By 25% In 2021

Intermoney | Real estate investment in Spain should increase by up to 25% this year compared to 2020, says a report by CBRE. So investment would be some €12 Bn in 2021, not including corporate operations like the purchase of Quabit by Neinor. However, CBRE expects uncertainty will remain during the first part of the year at the expense of progress in the pandemic vaccination process. Areas such as rental housing, logistics, and other assets such as student and nursing homes are expected to remain on the rise.


Latin America: Heavy Dependence On Informal Labour And Tourism Exacerbates The Covid-19 Shock

Crédito y Caución (Atradius) | Of all emerging market regions, Latin America and the Caribbean (Latam) has been most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, both in terms of infection and death rates, and regarding the impact on its economy. The outlook is highly uncertain and weighted down by growing fears of a new wave of infections. Rising prospects of multiple Covid-19 vaccines are definitively hopeful. However, the vaccine rollout is expected to move more slowly in the Latam region compared to advanced markets due to smaller vaccine orders so far relative to population and more logistical challenges. Therefore the economic benefits from the vaccine are expected to manifest first through the improving external environment as rollout across advanced markets boosts trade, commodity prices and external financing flows.

New elected US president Donald Trump

Death, Debt, Tax Cuts and Lies: Trump’s Legacy

Nick Ottens (Atlantic Sentinel) | 400,000 Americans are dead. Trump added $7 trillion to the debt. He told thousands of lies… Donald Trump’s presidency ends on Wednesday. He leaves behind an America that is more in debt, more isolated in the world, less generous and less safe


Faes Farma To Expand Its Industrial Capacity With New Production Plant In The Basque Country

Renta 4 | Faes Farma will expand its industrial capacity with a new production plant in Derio (Vizcaya) in order to meet the strong growth expected by the company beyond 2024. The estimated investment will be around €150 M. This will be implemented over the next 4 years and will require an increase in staff of about 200 workers. The new plant will be located in the Zamudio Technology Park, with the potential to manufacture more than 100 M units of medicines.