Nick Ottens via Atlantic Sentinel | Accusing Catalan nationalists of attempting to profit from a terrorist attack is not going to change minds. A little empathy, by contrast, and maybe a little bit of compromise, would go a long way.
CaixaBank Research | Spain’s property sector is on the up and up again, as can be seen from the trend in housing purchases over the last two years. These have been rising at double digit rates, fuelled by a recovery in the jobs market combined with favourable financial conditions.
After MIFID1, which was launched 10 years ago with the aim of improving investor protection, MIFID2 (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) is now on its way, bringing even more meticulous and demanding operating objectives and rules.
Fernando Rodríguez |In Spain, socially responsible investment (SRI) (which focuses on criteria such as environmental sustainability, social justice or corporate governance) has gone from zero to 170 billion euros, about 40% of total collective investment in the last 15 years.
I am the first one to say that we need to change the level of importance that tourism has in our economy, but the proportionate importance. Not get rid of the industry all together.
In Spain, there has been a kind of urban legend that IPOs don’t work and investors end up losing money. This has possibly been the case in the past, but not now. And perhaps this is because most of the current IPOs are almost exclusively aimed at institutional investors, so operations need to be more fine-tuned.
Spain is well on track for another record tourism year after welcoming 36.3 million tourists in the first half of 2017, a 11.6% increase from a year earlier, according to the Tourist Movement on Borders (Frontur) survey, released by the National Statistics Institute.
Spanish labour market hits a new record: less than four million jobless people for the first time since 2008, according to Q2 Labour Force Survey. Figures of unemployment dropped by 340.000 between April and June to 3,914,300 people, therefore reaching a rate of 17.22%. Employment grows by 375,000 new jobs; working population increases to 18.81 millions.
Excepting the high speed trains involving the so famous La Meca-Medina contract in Arabia Saudi, and despite authorities and the industry itself have been trying for decades, Spain has been unable to sign even a single high-speed sales operation. This is not, however, the official discourse of any of them.
The new 5 billion euros highway investment plan, which includes the collaboration of private capital, presented today by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will go some way to rectifying the slump in public works tenders which has continued over the last few months.